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The Cove by Ron Rash
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Apr 16, 2012

really liked it

4.5 Stars
Wow. It's the prose, really. It's lyrical and dark then some light shines through.

There are really three points of view in this story. Laurel is a lonely woman living a sad existence in the cursed cove where both her mother and father died and Laurel herself was pronounced a witch due to a port wine stain on shoulder. When she enters town, people cross the street so as not to meet her. She is treated with fear and disdain. Her prospects of happiness are slim. While her brother, who was conscripted into the Great War, was away, she nursed her father until his death then rejoiced when her brother, Hank returned sans one hand. But then the stranger appears. Although apparently mute, he offers Laurel another option than dying unhappy and in the cursed cove.

Walter is the apparent mute. Little is known about him in the beginning besides the fact that he has escaped some kind of imprisonment and taken shelter in the cove. He is a gifted flutist and his music speaks for him. Of course, he has the secrets that are the game changers. The reader can guess what the secrets may be.

Lastly, we have Chauncey. We all know Chauncey. He is the boy nobody liked because of his lack of social graces yet his father is connected. Chauncey still feels victimized and now wants to make others pay. He is an officer in the United States Army. He pushes everybody for patriotism and joining voluntarily. In his own mind, he is heroic. Given, he's never been to battle. He fights for what's right in the small town he is in. He is self-important and hated by most.

It is not a fast paced novel yet I could not put the book down. The writing is beautiful, the story intriguing and metaphorical. Perfect book club book.
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