I felt like Sara Taylor "went for it" in The Shore in so many ways.
This book might make a point of pronouncing itself a novel on the cover, but those of us who like short stories will certainly rejoice because each chapter can stand on its own. Put them together and the whole is strengthened. Set on a group of islands off the coast of Virginia, the setting is very much a character. These people are defined by their home...another trope I love.
This is also a book about women. Strong ones. Women who struggle against addiction, abuse, brutality, the wilderness, and at times, their own inclinations and desires.
Goodreads lays it out a little better than I am...
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...There's just so much going for this book. Beautiful writing, a little magical realism thrown into the mix, and a fearlessness in the narrative choices. The first and last chapters were especially impactful, though I know the final one left some people scratching their heads or contemplating why it was included at all. I won't say more than that, but I can assure you that I loved this book from beginning to end.
Published May 2015
Bought it myself!