The Shore: a group of small islands in the Chesapeake Bay, just off the coast of Virginia. The Shore is clumps of evergreens, wild ponies, oyster-shell roads, tumble-down houses, unwanted pregnancies, murder, and dark magic in the marshes. Sanctuary to some but nightmare to others, it’s a place that generations of families both wealthy and destitute have inhabited, fled, and returned to for hundreds of years. From a half-Shawnee Indian’s bold choice to escape an abusive home only to find herself with a man who will one day try to kill her, to a brave young girl’s determination to protect her younger sister as methamphetamine ravages their family, the characters in this remarkable novel have deep connections to the land, and a resilience that only the place they call home could create.
Through a series of interconnecting narratives that recalls the work of David Mitchell and Jennifer Egan, Sara Taylor brings to life the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of blood and fate that connect them all.
Spanning over a century, dreamlike and yet impossibly real, profound and playful, THE SHORE is a breathtakingly ambitious and accomplished work of fiction by a young writer of remarkable promise.
I really don't know how I feel about this to be hones, one one hand I could't stop reading it, I flew through rather quickly, not like it's a long book or anything. But on the other hand it was quite dull. You really couldn't tell characters apart, they sounded the same, nothing about their personalities set them apart from the rest. If it was during the same time period I wouldn't know who was who.
It's not like I want happy endings in all of them, but maybe just one. It's rather depressing. I don't know what else to say about it, other than it's rather forgettable and doesn't stick with you after.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
About the Author
SARA TAYLOR is a product of rural Virginia and home education. Between secondary school and college, she painted houses, demonstrated open hearth cooking for museums, and opened a café. At just 24, she has already completed her MA and is currently working on a PhD. The Shore is her first novel.