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The Cove by Ron Rash

The Cove of Ron Rash's novel lies deep in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. It's a dark and haunted place the locals consider cursed. Laurel Shelton has been ostracized by the townspeople who see her large birthmark as evidence that she's a witch. Laurel tries to scrape out a living in the cove, aided by her brother who has returned home from World War I missing a hand. One day, she finds a man nearly stung to death by wasps, and takes him in. The mysterious man is mute, but he still captures Laurel's heart and invites dreams of a happy future. Trouble brews in town, though, where self-appointed patriots are fearful of anyone they suspect of being a spy. The Cove has received mostly positive reviews with The Independent saying, "This is as patient, understated, precise and controlled a narrative as you'll read anywhere. These are not, perhaps, the most hip or cool qualities, but they are what make The Cove such an unmitigated joy to read."
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New York Times review
by Janet Maslin

The Guardian review
by Ursula K Le Guin

Minneapolis Star Tribune review
by David Doody

The Observer review
by Tim Adams

Washington Post review
by Ron Charles

The Independent review
by Doug Johnstone

USA Today review
by Charles Finch

Portland Oregonian review
by Jeff Baker

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