The Cove by Ron Rash

The Cove

The New York Times bestselling author of Serena returns to Appalachia, this time at the height of World War I, with the story of a blazing but doomed love affair caught in the turmoil of a nation at warDeep 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 lo...


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TitleThe Cove
Author
Release DateNov 6th, 2012
PublisherEcco
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, American, Southern
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Reviews The Cove

  • Will Byrnes
    2011-07-26
    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 building...
  • karen
    2012-02-01
    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 loneliness.this 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...
  • J.L. Sutton
    2018-03-31
    I was recently introduced to the work of Ron Rash and plan to read more! In The Cove, Rash explores small town North Carolina during WWI with wonderful (sometimes haunting) detail and penetrating insight. There are a couple things I found really interesting about his approach and will keep in mind when reading his other works. First, even though it is clearly fiction, Rash uses a little known historical incident (a German luxury liner full of mus...
  • Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
    2013-06-13
    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 lone...
  • Lou
    2012-02-02
    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 supers...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    2012-02-07
    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...
  • Amanda
    2012-07-01
    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 ...
  • Laura
    2013-04-28
    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...
  • Sandra
    2015-08-05
    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 ...
  • ☮Karen
    2015-10-13
    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 ...
  • Melodie
    2016-12-30
    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 poss...
  • Dana
    2015-12-06
    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.
  • Shaun
    2014-01-02
    First review of 2014...wohoo!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'Co...
  • Tiffany Reisz
    2017-11-16
    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.
  • Jeanette
    2012-01-19
    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 lei...
  • Jennifer
    2015-10-15
    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 a...
  • Fred Shaw
    2016-06-25
    "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 ...
  • Julie Christine
    2012-04-03
    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...
  • Cher
    2013-01-13
    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 Goodreads reviewers did find this one to be atmospheric. Maybe it's me, or maybe...
  • Malcolm
    2017-03-22
    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 ...
  • Bobbi
    2012-11-15
    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 inco...
  • William Clemens
    2012-05-29
    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 ...
  • Diane S ☔
    2011-10-17
    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. Definitel...
  • Nancy
    2012-04-16
    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...
  • Elizabeth
    2012-06-04
    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. ENJOY...p.s. reminds me a bit of "Nightwoods" by Charles Frazier.
  • Bonnie Brody
    2012-02-22
    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...
  • Snotchocheez
    2012-07-20
    I don't know why it is that when I encounter an author I like (like one of Ron Rash's caliber), I tend to nitpick and hold their works to a higher standard. My first encounter with Mr. Rash was this novel, The Cove. I immediately found his story-telling prowess engaging and wholly interesting, loved his lyrical, almost poetic prose, but still and yet, while I was immediately convinced (with The Cove's eerie set-up) of Mr. Rash's talent, and was l...
  • Stephen
    2013-07-21
    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 ...
  • Linda
    2012-04-12
    Enjoy Rash's writing & description of life in the Appalachians .
  • Larry Bassett
    2014-04-15
    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 differ...