An ambitious, Baileys prize-nominated debut set in an unforgettable place, introducing a powerful new voice in fiction.
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.
"A vivid exploration of the struggle for autonomy and the many meanings of what we call home." (Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing)
"I loved this book. Redemption and revenge thread through these tales of lives at the margins. Epic in breadth but glittering in its detail, The Shore is utterly absorbing." (Catherine O'Flynn, author of What Was Lost)
"This searing debut novel... offers a promising new voice. Taylor excels at imagining outsider identities, female strength, the connection of people to place, and a world so perilous that damage and healing, brutality and resourcefulness merge." (Publishers Weekly)
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I live on Cincoteague Island
MADE THE RIDE HOME FROM WORK SEEM LONGER.
I ORDERED THIS BOOK BECAUSE I ENJOY IT WHEN JENNA LAMIA IS DOING THE NARRATION. AND SO FAR THEY HAVE BEEN GREAT, BUT I LEARNED FROM THIS BOOK THE NARRATOR WILL READ ANYTHING IF IT PAYS. JENNA PLEASE STAY WITH THE LIGHT ENTERTAINING BOOKS.
- S. GOETZE