"The gripping plot, gothic atmosphere, and striking descriptions, in particular of the dismal cove, make this a top-notch story of an unusual place and its fated and fearful denizens."--Publishers Weekly (starred review), Pick of the Week
"Set during World War One, "The Cove" is a novel that speaks intimately to today's politics. Beautifully written, tough, raw, uncompromising, entirely new. Ron Rash is a writer's writer who writes for others."--Colum McCann
"Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true; his new novel, "The Cove", solidifies his reputation as one of our very finest novelists."--Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Empire Falls"
"Rash develops his story masterfully; the large cast of characters is superbly realized, as is the xenophobia that accompanies the war, and Rash brings the various narrative threads together at the conclusion of the novel with formidable strength and pathos."--Library Journal (starred review)
"I wish the whole world spoke the way Ron Rash's characters do. Read him for his poetry and great humanity. Just read him."--Jennifer Haigh, author of "Faith"
"Ron Rash uses language with such apparently effortless skill that it is as though he found words in his barn as a child and has been training them to fit his needs ever since....Rash throws a big shadow now and it's only going to get bigger and soon."--Daniel Woodrell, author of "Winter's Bone"
"Lonely young woman meets mysterious stranger. What might have been trite and formulaic is anything but in Rash's fifth novel, a dark tale of Appalachian superstition and jingoism so good it gives you chills... Even better than the bestselling Serena (2008), for here Rash has elevated melodrama to tragedy."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Mr. Rash's writing is so richly atmospheric...[he] can make words take wing.... A breathless sequence of events lead the book to its devastating final sentence. And that sentence affirms Mr. Rash's reputation for writerly miracles."--Janet Maslin, New York Times
"[B]eautifully crafted...In [the cove's] story, we hear the unique voice of a region made all the more poignant for how few will ever hear it exactly this way again."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'An unmitigated joy.' (The Independent on Sunday)
'Ron Rash is the best American novelist I have come upon in the last twenty years.' (The Scotsman)
'Exquisite. A breathless sequence of events lead the book to its devastating final sentence.' (The New York Times)
'A mesmerising novel of love and betrayal that stays singularly in the mind after it has finished.' (The Observer)