‘A mesmerising novel of love and betrayal that stays singularly in the mind after it has finished’ Observer
It is 1918 and the world is at war. But this feels a million miles away for Laurel Shelton. In the house where her parents toiled and died, in the wilds of the Appalachian Mountains, Laurel aches for her life to begin. And then one day a stranger is discovered in the cove near her house. What follows is an unforgettable story of love, fate and divided loyalties.
“Rash tells great stories, raw and powerful … He understands the way life works”
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“An unmitigated joy to read”
independent On Sunday
“Ron Rash is the best American novelist I have come upon in the last twenty years”
“Exquisite. A breathless sequence of events lead the book to its devastating final sentence”
new York Times
“Recalls both Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy”
Ron Rash is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer and poet. A major film adaptation of his New York Times bestselling novel Serena was released in May 2013 starring Jennifer Lawrence. His most recent short story collection, Burning Bright, won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains, USA.