The Shore

The Shore

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First United States edition
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"Traces the history and future of a small group of islands off the coast of Virginia through the lives of generations of the women who live there"-- Provided by publisher.
In the Chesapeake Bay, just off the coast of Virginia, The Shore is clumps of evergreens, wild ponies, oyster-shell roads, tumble-down houses. Sanctuary to some but nightmare to others, it's a place that generations of families both wealthy and destitute have inhabited, fled, and returned to for hundreds of years. Through a series of interconnecting narratives we discover the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of blood and fate that connect them all.
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, 2015
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780553417739
Branch Call Number: FIC Tayl
Characteristics: 303 pages : genealogical table ; 22 cm
Contents: 1995 : Target practice
1933 : Things I could tell you
1992 : Rain
1876 : Out of Eden
1984 : Boys
1991 : Porter Mountain
1981 : Skirt
1985 : Many waters
1981 : Sometimes it hurts
1919 : Wake
2037 : Talismans
2010 : Missing pieces
2143 : Tears of the gods


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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.

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

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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