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'A mesmerising novel of love and betrayal that stays singularly in the mind after it has finished' Observer

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Ron Rash is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer and poet. A major film adaptation of his New York Times bestselling novel Serena was released in May 2013 starring Jennifer Lawrence. His most recent short story collection, Burning Bright, won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains, USA.


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 * *
The Cove is a novel that speaks intimately to today's politics. Beautifully written, tough, raw, uncompromising, entirely new. Ron Rash is a writer's writer who writes for others -- Colum McCann
Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true; The Cove solidifies his reputation as one of our very finest novelists -- Richard Russo, author of EMPIRE FALLS
When writers gather and tipple while discussing those not present at the table but admired, the name Ron Rash quickly comes up. He uses language wiith such apparently effortless skill that it is as though he found words in his barn as a child and has been training them to fit his needs ever since. There's not much he doesn't know about humans in turmoil, or his region, a place where nothing ever changes until all of a sudden it does and often too much. Rash throws a big shadow now and it's only going to get bigger -- Daniel Woodrell, author of WINTER'S BONE
The Cove is a marvelous novel, bristling with power, humanity and the exceptional quality of characterisation and storytelling we have come to expect from Ron Rash -- Irvine Welsh
Remarkable . . . Mr. Rash certainly knows how to rivet attention * * New York Times on Burning Bright * *
Finds a narrow sweet spot between Raymond Carver and William Faulkner * * Washington Post on Burning Bright * *
This book calls to mind Snow Falling on Cedars and Cold Mountain, but the poet in Ron Rash and his lyrical prose elevate this novel to its "Book of the Year" status * * Irish Times on Serena * *
Serena could sit comfortably on any bookshelf alongside Cormac McCarthy or Charles Frazier . . . it's a spectacular book * * Guardian * *
A superb book written by a talented author. Fans of Cormac McCarthy and John Steinbeck will love The Cove * * Nudge * *

Tucked in the Appalachian Mountains is a cursed, shadowy place-the cove. This is where Laurel Shelton lives with her brother, Hank. Laurel's life has been tough and lonely. The curse claimed her parents and left her with an odd, isolating birthmark. Hank returned one-handed from World War I and is fixing up the farm when Laurel finds a mute stranger playing beautifully sad flute music in the woods. As these three work to dream of a happy life beyond the cove, events twist and reassert reality with brutal force. Narrator Merritt Hicks delivers a believable story. Though the action drags a bit in the middle, the ending is masterful, and details such as those relating to the North Carolina parakeet are well woven throughout. VERDICT This would make a great work for discussion. Fans of Rash's Serena or stories set in Appalachia will particularly enjoy this one. ["Rash brings the various narrative threads of his story together...with formidable strength and pathos. Essential for fans of literary fiction," read the review of the Ecco: HarperCollins hc, LJ 10/15/11.-Ed.]-Lisa Anderson, Metropolitan Community Coll. Lib., Omaha (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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