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The Cove by Ron Rash

Article by Matthew Ziruk, Dubray Books Galway ©.
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Siblings Laurel and Hank live on their late parents’ farm at the Cove, in the permanent shadow of a high cliff in the mountains of North Carolina. Hank is trying to run the farm having lost a hand in the still-ongoing First World War. He plans to marry a local girl and move away from the Cove. Laurel was born with a large birthmark, resulting in her being stigmatised by the superstitious local community; she has never known love or even happiness. Into their lives comes Walter, a mute stranger, who decides to stay and help on the farm. A deep bond of affection forms between Walter and Laurel, bringing something good into the darkness of the Cove. This is another exquisite piece by the author of Serena and Burning Bright and I was compelled to read this masterful story through in one sitting.