I feel like reading this book was the equivalent of a master class in how to structure a novel. As always, Rash also displays a masterful use of language.
The prologue, set in the 1950s, has a man surveying an abandoned farm and discovering a human skull in the well when he tries to draw water. The first chapter begins on the same farm during World War I. As you meet the two people who live there and the handful of townsfolk with whom they interact, as well as a mysterious and mute stranger, you realize the remains belong to one of them.
This is a novel of outcasts and connection. Of how easily we can cast anyone into the role of The Other. How easily we see ourselves as the Good Guy and justify our own actions. It's a novel about love and loyalty, kindness and treachery and mob mentality. The characters are complex and real.
The Cove is a quiet novel that takes some time to really build its story. Rash takes these characters who are all outcasts in one way or another and lets them live out their story on the page. Everything—the imagery, the setting, et cetera—are very organic in the story. Along the way he stops and gives the reader a sense of the scents and tastes. He makes it seem so easy.
It's such a quiet story, but once the pace picks up, it moves until it reaches its startling conclusion. But none of it feels forced. It's sort of what I expected from the place and these characters. It works because it is natural. Rash knows his characters, their homes, and their world.
I am a fan of Rash so i was disappointed with this novel. It was, even though a novel, just not believable. He seemed to have thrown it together as if his heart was not in it.
Serena, wonderful; the Cove, a shadow of Serena and his other work.
Living deep within a cover in the Appalachians of NC during WWI, Laurel finally finds the happiness she deserves in Walter, but their love cannot protect them from a devastating secret.
Good prose & well constructed, though somewhat surreal story. Not a strong plot but enough tension to hold the reader, always a hint of coming disaster which the ending certainly provided though is also a small glimmer of salvation.
It stays in the memory.
This book started out good. I liked that there was a hint of witchery and superstitions. The ending felt like the author just wanted to be done and hurried to the end. So, it was okay but I really think it could have been better.
A sweet, melancholy novel, yet also full of the kind of prejudices we are so prone to in times of war. I enjoyed it!
outstanding! read it in 4 hours! compelling characters.
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