Book club - "The Cove" by Ron Rash

"The Cove" (novel, 2012)

by Ron Rash


In their little cabin set in the shadow of a deep cove, Laurel Shelton and her brother Hank have built a home. The locals whisper about the cove being cursed and perhaps it is: good fortune rarely seems to wind its way down the long overgrown trail that leads to their clearing in the woods. One day the course of both their lives seems altered when Laurel happens upon a stranger hiding among the trees. With only a simple haversack of worldly belongings, the alluring and mysterious Walter is soon drawn in to life in the cove, helping Hank on the farm and bringing Laurel the only real comfort she has ever known. But as soon as the dark cloud hanging over the cove finally begins to lift, a secret is uncovered that threatens to shatter their newly found happiness. As their neighbours begin to stoke a fire of rage against the cove and its inhabitants, Laurel, Hank and Walter come to understand the terrible danger they are in ...A breathtaking, lyrical novel with a profoundly moving love story at its heart. (-Amazon)


Ron Rash, an American poet, short story writer and novelist, is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. Rash was born in Chester, South Carolina, in 1953, grew up in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Clemson University. In 1994 he published his first book, a collection of short stories titled The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth. Since then, Rash has published three collections of poetry, three short story collections, and four novels. (-Wikipedia)


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  • Renee M.

    great, as usual

    July 8, 2013

  • Kari

    I am totally into Wimbledon. Do you have a pub suggestion? I am open either way as I really loved the book and can't wait to discuss!

    July 5, 2013

    • colleen

      There is a sports pub in victoria station but not all that nice and I would hate to uproot everyone. I may be tad late but am hoping it is a quick match!

      July 6, 2013

  • colleen

    Is anyone else planning to watch Wimbeldon tomorrow? I may be a bit late to the meet up group - unless anyone wants to push back the time or gather in a pub instead?? Definitely enjoyed the book!

    July 5, 2013

  • Renee M.

    looking forward to it - hope you enjoy the book!

    April 15, 2013

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