It is 1918 and the world is at war. But this feels a million miles away for Laurel Shelton. In the house where her parents toiled and died, in the wilds of the Appalachian Mountains, Laurel aches for her life to begin. And then one day a stranger is discovered in the cove near her house. What follows is an unforgettable story of love, fate and divided loyalties.
"An unmitigated joy to read" (Independent on Sunday)
"Ron Rash is the best American novelist I have come upon in the last twenty years" (Scotsman
"Exquisite. A breathless sequence of events lead the book to its devastating final sentence" (New York Times
"Recalls both Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy" (New Yorker)