Review: The Shore by Sara Taylor

shoreI loved this book, the best I’ve read in a good while. A collection of interlinking short stories, the book follows the lives of people (primarily women) living on a group of small islands of the coast of the USA over the least 200 years. Many of the people are living in poverty or facing discrimination in their lives (often both) and the graceful, nurturing or dysfunctional & violent ways they each respond to their circumstances make the backbone of this book. A must-read from this first-time author.


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“The Shore is a collection of small islands sticking out from the coast of Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean. The Shore takes the force of hurricanes, and grows so much food that it rots on the vine. The Shore is clumps of evergreens, wild ponies, oyster-shell roads, tumble-down houses, unwanted pregnancies, murder, storm-making, dark magic in the marshes. This novel features various generations over the course of 150 years in interconnecting stories, and we observe a sequence of lives on the Shore – the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of blood and fate that connect them all.”


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