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Review: The Shore by Sara Taylor (unfinished)

The ShoreThe Shore by Sara Taylor

Published May 26th 2015 by Hogarth


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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. (Goodreads)

I have not completed this book yet. In fact I have only read the first two stories. I’ve never really been a fan of literary fiction, but I am not giving up on this one because the writing is engrossing and beautiful, yet tragic in a way. It might take me more time than the normal reader to get through. I have to remind myself it’s about the journey not the destination!

I found this quote by Shannon on Goodreads to be so accurate of just the first two stories I wanted to share. “Don’t be fooled by the beachy scene on The Shore‘s cover—the islands off the coast of Virginia are beautiful, but their stories are grim. Taylor’s characters encounter drugs, extreme physical and sexual violence, and murder of the kind that’s common to Grit Lit, but here they’re braced by the feminism and sense of magic realism the genre has been lacking.” –Shannon

Story #1 1995 – Target Practice

Right from the beginning you’re intrigued because it begins with the news of a murder. I felt sad for Chloe and her sister Renee. The ending was not what I expected, but I was proud that the author made that choice.

Story #2 1933 – Things I Could Tell You

I enjoyed story #1 better but this one had its own intrigue. Mystery of what is going to happen and if anything will happen as a result of the infidelity builds.


I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


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