It is 1918 and the world is at war. But this feels a million miles away for Laurel Shelton. In the house where her parents toiled and died, in the wilds of the Appalachian Mountains, Laurel aches for her life to begin. And then one day a stranger is discovered in the cove near her house. What follows is an unforgettable story of love, fate and divided loyalties.
©2012 Ron Rash (P)2015 Audible Studios
"Rash tells great stories, raw and powerful ... He understands the way life works" (Irish Times)
"An unmitigated joy to read" (Independent on Sunday)
"Ron Rash is the best American novelist I have come upon in the last twenty years" (Scotsman
"Exquisite. A breathless sequence of events lead the book to its devastating final sentence" (New York Times
"Recalls both Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy" (New Yorker)
I'm not a fan of American women readers - they usually are too brash, to high pitched for my ears, but this was OK.
The story is well written, with good hooks along the way which are not explained but which lead the reader to the outcome of the story very well. The language is lovely, depicting time and place well. References to plants I'm not familiar with but which give the idea of a post war rural idyll with undeveloped countryside but also hard work for its agricultural inhabitants. But also of a backwater, ignorant and bigoted, where the lynch mob rules whether that is towards those with a birthmark who are deemed to be a witch, or of those of German ancestry who are deemed to be spies. Sadly one could make parallels with views held in some quarters about muslims today.
My first book by Ron Rash and mightily impressed by him as a story teller
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