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The Cove by Ron Rash
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Apr 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: books-read-in-2012
Read from July 01 to 02, 2012

Set in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina at the height of WWI, we meet Laurel Shelton. She is seen as an outcast or witch due to an unusual birthmark and local superstitions about The Cove where she lives. Her parents have died and her brother Hank comes back from the war minus a hand. While walking through the cove and listening to birdsong, she comes across a young man playing a silver flute. Laurel stays hidden, visiting him almost daily, but never revealing herself until the day she finds him, unresponsive, stung by yellow jackets. Somehow she manages to help him home to her cabin where she enlists Hank's help. Going through the young man's dirty, threadbare clothing that needs washed, Laurel discovers a note - her foundling's name is Walter: he is mute and trying to get to New York. As Walter heals slowly and begins to help her brother on the land, Laurel begins to finally dream, feeling her life is about to change for the good.

This book had a slow start, but once it took off, wow, what a page turner! I loved the character of Laurel, and so much wanted for her to have the happy ending she deserved. I also love Rash's ability to create the atmosphere and describe the environment so that you can 'see' it vividly. Dark and tragic, this book is about prejudice and the irrational fear that hatred can bring. These characters and the message the ending gives will stay with me for awhile.
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message 1: by Monica (new) - added it

Monica Oh, I can't wait to hear your review on this one! I almost bought it the other day! It sounds mysterious!

Glenda I really liked it but it is a dark and tragic tale. One I will remember.

message 3: by Monica (new) - added it

Monica Great review! I will have to read it!

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