The Cove

The Cove This lyrical heart rending tale as mesmerizing as its award winning predecessor Serena shows once again this masterful novelist at the height of his powers Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North

  • Title: The Cove
  • Author: Ron Rash
  • ISBN: 9780061804199
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This lyrical, heart rending tale, as mesmerizing as its award winning predecessor Serena, shows once again this masterful novelist at the height of his powers.Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander, and even the light fears to travel Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe just as theyThis lyrical, heart rending tale, as mesmerizing as its award winning predecessor Serena, shows once again this masterful novelist at the height of his powers.Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander, and even the light fears to travel Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe just as they know that Laurel Shelton, the lonely young woman who lives within its shadows, is a witch Alone except for her brother, Hank, newly returned from the trenches of France, she aches for her life to begin Then it happens a stranger appears, carrying nothing but a beautiful silver flute and a note explaining that his name is Walter, he is mute, and is bound for New York Laurel finds him in the woods, nearly stung to death by yellow jackets, and nurses him back to health As the days pass, Walter slips easily into life in the cove and into Laurel s heart, bringing her the only real happiness she has ever known But Walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything and danger is closer than they know Though the war in Europe is near its end, patriotic fervor flourishes thanks to the likes of Chauncey Feith, an ambitious young army recruiter who stokes fear and outrage throughout the county In a time of uncertainty, when fear and ignorance reign, Laurel and Walter will discover that love may not be enough to protect them This lyrical, heart rending tale, as mesmerizing as its award winning predecessor Serena, shows once again this masterful novelist at the height of his powers.

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    About “Ron Rash

    • Ron Rash

      Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel, Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight three collections of poems and four collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN Faulkner Award Twice the recipient of the O.Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

    717 thoughts on “The Cove

    • UPDATED - 4/3/12 - see link at bottomThe Cove, a remote locale in North Carolina, is a cursed place, or so everyone seems to think. The story opens in the 1950s when a man from the TVA comes by, preparing the area for flooding as part of a dam project. That the elders he encounters think burying the cove under tons of water is a good idea offers a first indication of trouble. When the man, trying for a drink in a well near some abandoned buildings at the site, brings up murky water covering a sk [...]


    • RON RASH!!another quietly wonderful book from ron rash, about a couple of outcasts trying to grab a little happiness out of a life filled with loss and lonelinessis one takes place in north carolina during WWI,in a remote and "gloamy" cove, where a brother and sister live isolated by superstition and circumstances. the sister,laurel, has a large purple birthmark believed by the entire outlying town to be a sign of witchcraft,and the cove where the two reside is believed to be haunted. after thei [...]


    • Onvan : The Cove - Nevisande : Ron Rash - ISBN : 61804193 - ISBN13 : 9780061804199 - Dar 255 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2012


    • Recently infatuated with southern lit I just had to give Ron Rash a try. With racism, poverty & superstition & the inclusion of an ill fated love affair, slot this one as ‘contemporary southern gothic.’ Yes, it’s melancholy and slow paced at the start but so superbly written that it’s a joy to read. Set at the end of WW1 and told through Laurel’s eyes, a simple tale of a birth-marked woman shunned by the locals as a witch –of her lonely life with only her brother Hank, a woun [...]


    • This was a wonderful historical story and Ron Rash is a writer to add alongside great southern gothic styled writers. Just as many have mentioned Ron Rash strikes up feelings of being present with great writers such as Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy.This story leaves a mark with characters that are lonely and modest, rich in kindness and deeply warm to others even though they face inequalities due to race, heritage and have been marked in a superstitious ways as cursed. A brother and a sister are [...]


    • Ron Rash has a sublime sense of place, atmospheric detail and colloquial manners. The Appalachian landscapes in his novels are vivid, rugged. Colors, smells, and sounds take on a sentient quality, and there's a brutal, timeless delicacy to his terrains. Moment to moment, you move from the crest of creation to the threat of destruction. His stories convey themselves through the power of domain. His latest is a testament to the most fertile aspects of his craft, which shimmer through an otherwise [...]


    • 3 1/2 stars.The small, isolated community of Mars Hill, North Carolina, continues to cling to the prejudices and Appalachian superstitions of another century in the wake of World War I. Its men have been to fight in foreign lands, encountered the awesome terror of modernized warfare, and yet still harbor a profound fear of a young woman who lives sadly and quietly in a place simply known as "The Cove." Laurel Shelton's life, thanks to the people of Mars Hill, has not been an easy one. Marked by [...]


    • This book really got to me when I read it, and it has quietly haunted me ever since. I find myself thinking of the characters some times, and still bothered by the ugly truths of prejudice and human nature that the author captured so powerfully. I think it's the subtle, quiet power of the book which makes it so effective, and the evocative portrait of the South. I have a real love/hate relationship with the region I was born in, and Rash captures it perfectly: wildness, beauty, spiritbut all twi [...]


    • There is Lauren, the wicked witch (or so the town thinks) with her brother Hank living in the cove. Disaster has struck the family several times and now they are ready to work hard and have a better future.This is dark and gloomy, with bits of hope shining through. Rash' mastery with descriptions, he manages to completely immerse the reader in the environment of the cove. You hear the gurgling of the water and feel the sunlight on your face when you look up as the birds take off and make the lea [...]


    • Ever since reading Serena a couple years ago (rushing to get it done before the movie that never materialized), I've  looked forward to more Ron Rash.  The Cove lacks the very sick disturbing main characters found in Serena, but it did offer us Chauncey, a mighty good example of an egomaniac on the verge of doing something truly awful to prove his manliness to the townspeople.  The main  story  of the siblings Laurel and Hank  taking in a mute vagrant gradually developed into a mesmerizin [...]


    • 3.75 starsAlthough this story takes place during WWI in NC, it reflects the prejudices that still exists today - all over the world.I felt the novel stated off slowly and ended too quickly, but the story will remain with me and the writing was beautiful.


    • First review of 2014wohoo!I like to think that I have eclectic reading tastes, meaning that while I have preferences when it comes to my reading choices, I find I like lots of different styles, genres, and stories for lots of different reasons.But this The Cove, this is the kind of book that hits my literary G-spot. Okay, I know: a little crude, too much information, whatever--but true.You see, I love Southern Gothic fiction--Flannery O'Connor, one of my heroines; Erskine Caldwell, a genius--so [...]


    • Liked it. Didn't love it. Some very good writing but felt a little lightweight considering the heavy subject matter. And the ending was unsatisfying though I understand what he was doing. Probably should have been a deeper, richer, longer story with this plot and these characters.


    • Readers who prefer atmosphere over action will savor the first 150 pages of The Cove. It took me days to get through that first 150 pages, then I blew through the final 100 pages all in one day. It's quite a contrast in pacing and tone, and it gets surprisingly suspenseful near the end. So have a little patience and your payoff will come. After a prologue in which a human skull is found in the cove's well in the 1950s, Ron Rash treats us to a leisurely buildup in which the skull is all but forgo [...]


    • I love Southern literature. By turns it can be nostalgic, sweet,romantic, brooding, dark.But for me,southern literature always has it's complicated political and social history at it's core. The Cove is no different. The setting is North Carolina just before the close of WWI. A young woman, shunned by the locals as a witch befriends a drifter she happens upon in the cove she calls home. As the friendship develops, you can see how this cannot possibly end well, but you are routing for a happy con [...]


    • I have to thank my GR friends for letting me know that Ron Rash even exists! Listened to this on audio (which, I admit is one of the weaker audio narrations I've heard). Took me a while to to get into the book, but when I did ---- what a good story.Although the book is set in a small North Carolina town, it's as timely as ever (unfortunately) It's a tale of the tragic consequences when ignorance, prejudice, and superstition are fueled by hate and pride. This book has a beautiful lyricism and I l [...]


    • "The Cove" is the first book I've read by Ron Rash and certainly not the last. I have heard Rash's writing style as lyrical arisen from his poetry. I say it is clear as a mountain stream as are the story, characters, setting. This is also a view of the cruelty of men blinded by hate and prejudice. A stranger appears in the lives of a brother and sister, living a farmers life in the Appalacian mountains in the early 1900's. Their lives are simple but fulfilling and this man brings strength and ho [...]


    • The dank and dangerous cylinder of a new well, where the walls could collapse at any moment, crushing the digger in a muddy grave; a valley so overwhelmed by a cliff of granite that light shudders and dies in its wet shadow; a voice choked from sound, leaving a man trapped in silence; a young woman isolated by fear and suspicion in a remote mountain cabin: these are the acedian images Ron Rash writes to sobering effect in The Cove.This is a novel of a place seemingly suspended in time, a forgott [...]


    • 2 stars - Meh. Just ok.This was your classic case of, receiving the unexpected. I have heard so many wonderful things about Ron Rash and expected dark southern lit with a poignant plot and atmospheric backdrop. What I received instead was a heavy helping of romance with a side of historical fiction and a tiny dash of southern lit. To the contrary, some of my favorite reviewers did find this one to be atmospheric. Maybe it's me, or maybe it is because I am so familiar with the Appalachian region [...]


    • Deep in the Appalachian mountains, lies a cove. Partially hidden by an over hanging cliff, it is a dark and forbidding place, thought to be haunted by the local townspeople, and the young woman, Laural, who lives there with her brother Hank, a recent wounded veteran of the trenches in France, is thought to be a witch.Laura's and Hank are devoted to each other and they work hard to restore the farm of their parents. In doing so, Laura dreams of a better life. When a stranger is discovered in the [...]


    • This is one of those books where I just don't understand why people are loving it so much. I found it incredibly hard to slog through, full of characters who are so one dimensional I couldn't take them seriously, and set against a backdrop that just didn't impress.Everyone seems to go on about the nature in the book, and how it captures the feel of Appalachia, but I just didn't see it. He certainly mentions nature, and goes on about how dark the cove is and how bright it makes the sun feel, but [...]


    • The story takes place 3 miles from the town of Mars Hill, NC. I live 2 miles from Mars Hill so I keep looking out my windows trying to find the cove that he talks about! So far, no luck. I'm not a great fan of Ron Rash and this one is distracting since it involves so many nearby localities. More later.----So, now I've finished it and am trying to figure out why I disliked it so much. Because it takes place where I live, all of the historical inconsistencies really bothered me. He has the French [...]


    • 3.5 There is no doubt that the strength of Ron Rash's writing lies in his use of regional color, his descriptions of the Appalachians are lush and elegant, just beautiful. This books highlights the superstitions of the mountain people, the loneliness of being an outcast, and how even at the end of the war patriotic fever is stirred up. The power of secrets and the damages they do all set to beautiful scenery with a very melancholy tone. Definitely not your happy ever after book.


    • Grave and deliberate story set in the Appalachian mountains. This is a book (though) that is not about the story. It is about the writing and atmosphere. Beautiful and complex. Mostly, "The Cove" is about being an outsider. ENJOYp.s. reminds me a bit of "Nightwoods" by Charles Frazier.


    • The Cove, by Ron Rash, is very different from his previous book, Serena. While Serena was chock-filled with action and hell-and-damnation type characters, this book meanders more slowly. The title of the book refers to one of the lesser-used meanings of the word - a narrow gap or pass between hills or woods; a cave or cavern. The place where Laurel and her brother live is dark and eerie without much light, set in the deep forest of North Carolina where once the Carolina Parakeet found its home. [...]


    • 4.5 StarsWow. 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 [...]


    • Enjoyed this one even more than his best known book, Serena, which is being made into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.Started off quite slowly but developed into a really interesting story once it became clear who "Walter" was. Fascinating true-life background story about the "Vaterland" ship impounded by the US during WW1 plus persecution of German citizens as well.The best novels always have great endings and this one was very clever (and satisfying) - led you to believe [...]



    • I recently read Serena also by Ron Rash. I was expecting another book of the same intensity and was initially disappointed by how slow The Cove started out and what a different kind of book it is. I read a few reviews and was reassured that author Rash was not going to let me down. I am glad I stuck with it. While I was not completely able to disassociate the two books, it is nice to see an author who can use his writing skills to set such different moods. I probably needed more space between th [...]


    • Set in the years just following the Great War in North Carolina this story builds atmosphere and tension in almost frustrating way. An enigmatic and dumb stranger arrives to a remote town. Hank, just back from the war that has left him without an arm, and mentally scarred, has recently married Laurel, who locals believe is a witch. The stranger is not welcomed by all, the contrasting characters of the town are suspicious of him. In some ways the time that Rash takes to build the tension is too l [...]


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