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The Cove by Ron Rash
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May 19, 2012

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Ron Rash style of writing takes you back to a simpler time. His lyrical rhythm entrances the reader. In The Cove, Rash again sets his characters in the mountains of Western North Carolina and draws from the region’s historical past.

During World War I, German citizens were interned in Hot Springs, North Carolina. One of these men escapes and finds his way downstream in Marshall, North Carolina. To keep his identity a secret he claims a childhood affliction that impedes his ability to speak. Weaving his way into a farming family living in Marshall, he falls in love with Laurel, the narrator and female protagonist.

Laurel discovers the escaped prisoner’s secret, and vows to continue this subterfuge. They plan to move to New York City after the war, when anti-German sentiment has subsided.

As a reader, I so much wanted Laurel to find happiness. Rash chose another path for our female protagonist, one that will leave you thinking about these rich characters long after you leave The Cove.
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