The Cove
Ron Rash / March 5, 2017

  The Cove (2012), a gutsy novel by Ron Rash, that very same celebrated author of Serena. Rash gives us another juicy book to spend hours reading. I was blown away by Rash’s book Serena,  and got a great gusty wind from The Cove, but it would be difficult for any author to outdo Serena. Rash does a fabulous job with The Cove, though, a stupendous job. Earthy, human, wickedly clever, with point-on writing. You feel it.   Set in the Appalachian Mountains during World War I, Laurel and her brother Hank live on a farm that is supposedly cursed. A lonely, dreary, hard existence that is enhanced by the lore of the farm’s haunted history and the birthmark on Laurel’s shoulder that tends to feed the gossip that she might be a witch. Beware, reader, for she just might make you think she has a little bit of witch in her by the end of the book. Good witch or bad witch?  You be the judge. Laurel and Hank are existing, which is made difficult by his missing arm that he lost overseas during the war. Home again, Hank is making the adjustment, and even finds what he thinks…