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.
REVIEWED (by Kayla):
This book is a bunch of stories intertwined together. The Shore is a collection of small islands sticking out from the coast of Virginia to the Atlantic Ocean. There is a group of islands known as the shore, has been home to generations of fierce women who can get through anything. Sanctuary to some but nightmare to others. A half Shawnee Indian chose to leave her abusive home to only find a man who will try to kill her to a brave young girl’s determination to save her sister as meth goes through her family, to a women struggling against abuse, savage wilderness and what happens in poverty. Together their lives are deeply affected. This book is full of wisdom and beauty. It is a unique book and I enjoyed it greatly. I think that the author did a good job on writing it. It definitely kept me engaged and kept me wanting to read more. I give it 4 out of 5 stars!