The Shore

The Shore

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Welcome to The Shore: a collection of small islands sticking out from the coast of Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean. Where clumps of evergreens meet wild ponies, oyster-shell roads, tumble-down houses, unwanted pregnancies, murder, storm-making and dark magic in the marshes. . .
Situated off the coast of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay, the group of islands known as the Shore has been home to generations of fierce and resilient women. Sanctuary to some but nightmare to others, it's a place they've inhabited, fled, and returned to for hundreds of years. From a half-Shawnee Indian's bold choice to flee 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, to a lesson in summoning storm clouds to help end a drought, these women struggle against domestic violence, savage wilderness, and the corrosive effects of poverty and addiction to secure a sense of well-being for themselves and for those they love.
Together their stories form a deeply affecting legacy of two barrier island families, illuminating 150 years of their many freedoms and constraints, heartbreaks, and pleasures. Conjuring a wisdom and beauty all its own, The Shore is a richly unique, stunning novel that will resonate with readers long after turning its final pages, establishing Sara Taylor as a promising new voice in fiction.
Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385682510
0385682514
Branch Call Number: TAY
Characteristics: 303 pages :,genealogical table ;,23 cm

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uncommonreader
Feb 05, 2017

These stories are about members of a family living on islands off the shore of Virginia set in the past and in the future. They present a picture of almost universally misogynist men and their families struggling on the margins of society. The book falters in places but is interesting and very readable.

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vv8
Jul 13, 2015

The Shore was a stunning debut. Though billed as a novel, this book feels like each chapter can function independently as a short story. There are, however, both obvious and subtle connections between chapters as Taylor weaves an unforgettable narrative about several generations of folks living on the rural islands off the coast of Virginia.

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Jul 13, 2015

Violence: contains violence, both sexual & otherwise

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Jul 13, 2015

Sexual Content: contains sexual content

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Jul 13, 2015

"What matters is that I have the stars, the marsh, the smudge of the barrier islands again, that I can trace the Milky Way, that my feet remember the shape of this land. That for right now they're all mine."

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