Since the cover compares Ron Rash to John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy and includes high praise from Daniel Woodrell, you’d think this book ranks among the best backwoods fiction since 2006’s Winter’s Bone. You wouldn’t be wrong. Set amid the anti-immigrant hysteria of World War I, this gripping novel opens when town outcast Laurel Shelton discovers a mysterious mute man playing the flute near her cabin in rural North Carolina. From the moment Laurel starts to question the stranger’s background, it’s clear that The Cove isn’t just an elegant work of literary fiction, written in a voice that’s hauntingly simple and Southern; it’s also a riveting mystery. Suffice it to say it begins with a skull that’s discovered in a well, and by the end you’ll find out whom it belongs to. A
TALK OF THE TOWN Set against the backdrop of World War I, The Cove blends tones of the South within a harrowing mystery
Genre: Fiction; Author: Ron Rash; Publisher: Ecco Press
Posted April 13 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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