The Shore

The Shore LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN S PRIZE FOR FICTION The Shore A collection of small islands sticking out from the coast of Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean that has been home to generations of fi

  • Title: The Shore
  • Author: SaraTaylor
  • ISBN: 9780434023097
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2015The Shore A collection of small islands sticking out from the coast of Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean that 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 brave girl s determinLONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2015The Shore A collection of small islands sticking out from the coast of Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean that 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 brave 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.Their interconnecting stories form a deeply affecting legacy of two island families, illuminating the small miracles and miseries of a community of outsiders, and the bonds of blood and fate that connect them all.Dreamlike and yet impossibly real, profound and playful, The Shore is a richly unique, breathtakingly ambitious and accomplished debut novel by a young writer of astonishing gifts.

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    1. SaraTaylor

      Sara Taylor is a product of the United States and the homeschooling movement She traded her health for a BFA from Randolph College, and her sanity for an MA in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia Following the MA her supervisor refused to let her leave, so she remains at the UEA to chip away at a double focus PhD in censorship and fiction She spends an unprecedented amount of time on delayed trains between Norwich and her husband s house in Reading, and tends to get lost, rained on, and chased by cows with unsettling frequency Her first novel, The Shore, was published by Random House in 2015.

    176 thoughts on “The Shore”

    1. i chose this book thinking it was going to have a Winesburg, Ohio vibe - a series of linked stories that make up a larger novel-feel in which desperate characters both love and resent their isolated hometowns and suffer beautifullyd in some ways, that expectation panned out - structurally it holds up, although this is definitely more "novel" than "short story collection." although it is made up of short self-contained vignettes, they would lose something if this had been marketed as a collection [...]

    2. I don't read short stories as a rule and I know I am missing out on some really good writing but once in a while I take the leap especially if the stories are connected. That's the next best thing to a novel for me and this collection felt like a novel - sort of . It would have felt more so if the stories in this book were in chronological order ; then the changes in the narratives spanning over 250 years might not have been as confusing . However , the appearance of people mentioned in one stor [...]

    3. Southern grit lit at its best. If you like generations of a very disturbed and disturbing family in your reading selections, this fits the bill. Murder, mayhem, mysticism, meth heads, and malevolence fill the chapters.The lay-out of the chapters, really interconnected vignettes, would be what I first disliked and then ended up much appreciating by the end. This book makes your brain work! Something like 20 characters are introduced at different points in their lives, not chronologically and with [...]

    4. "It’s a little house, our house, one room downstairs and two rooms upstairs and a porch for each, and according to the phone company and the electric company and the taxman it doesn’t exist." The Shore is an isolated, run-down collection of islands off the coast of Virginia, populated with wild horses, witch-doctors and chicken factories. It has been home to generations of strong-willed, determined women and their haunting stories are told in this remarkable novel. From Medora, the illegitim [...]

    5. Rarely do I finish a book and have so little to say about it. I enjoyed The Shore, and I wanted to write an in-depth review, but I've been struggling for days with what I have to say and even what I remember about the story. The way I felt about this reminds me of the way I felt about Hannah Kent's Burial Rites, which was published (and which I read) in 2013: both books gathered a word-of-mouth buzz about them prior to publication, receiving favourable reviews and drawing comparisons to the work [...]

    6. (Nearly 4.5) Gritty and virtuosic, this novel-in-13-stories imagines 250 years of history on a set of islands off the coast of Virginia. As a Maryland native, I think of Chincoteague and Assateague as vacation destinations, but Taylor definitely focuses on their dark side here: industrial-scale chicken farms, unwanted pregnancies, domestic violence, bootleg liquor, gang rape, murders and meth labs. There’s a core of narratives set in the 1980s–90s that could easily form a novel on their own, [...]

    7. If you've read The Shore and want to discuss it with spoilers, we're breaking it down at The Socratic Salon.The world of Southern Gothic literature was once well populated with women; Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, and Dorothy Allison are regularly mentioned alongside William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams. But in recent years, the genre has shifted away from its ghostly Gothic roots toward new Grit Lit sensibilities—and it’s overwhelmingly male.Enter Sara Taylor. Don’t be fooled [...]

    8. Oh, man. It sucks to be poor. And generational poverty? Sucks even more. These interconnected stories are bleak and compelling. Bloodlines are blurred, violence is certain, and the shore is where it all transpires. Grit-lit. You've been warned.

    9. There are many characters that populate this very assured debut novel, but none of them is more enduring and unforgettable than the shore itself. Within these chapters, characters ebb and flow like the ocean itself, plunging in head first to reveal themselves to the reader and then receding to safe (or not so safe) shore.Indeed, the structure of the book follows this ebb and flow, starting in current times, withdrawing to 1876, advancing to a horrific dystopian future in 2143, introducing differ [...]

    10. So every once in a while I take myself out of HPlandia and read what various acquaintances refer to as a "real" book - like literature even. This one is interesting in a how bleak and sad and horrible can we make things kinda way. The writing is good. The various interconnected stories were mostly well done, but srsly peeps, except for the very end story - which is set after an epic biological apocalypse and people are horribly mutated-the sheer unrelenting misery of this book makes me want to r [...]

    11. I received a copy of this audiobook from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.I was quickly pulled in to this book chronicling multiple generations in the shore region of rural Virginia. Cheyenne bloodlines, herbal magic, resiliency - these themes follow throughout. I think I was most partial to the present-day stories with people having to choose between dealing drugs or picking up another job at the three chicken factory farms nearby. I was less thrilled, and surprised by, the [...]

    12. But like actually 4.5.The first chapter of this book absolutely blew me away and the rest of the book did not disappoint. If you're at all interested in dark, gritty Southern Gothic literature, or perhaps think you could be but have been put off by how male-dominated those stories tend to be, grab this immediately. And if you want a little dose of magical realism, too, you're in the right place. I waited a couple weeks to read this after acquiring it, and I regret it.The Shore is an interesting [...]

    13. Inizio l'anno con una delle migliori letture che potessi trovare in questo momento della mia vita. Un romanzo frammentario eppure intenso, doloroso, toccante, custode di un'infinità di anime e voci che riecheggiano tra le paludose rive delle selvagge e affascinanti Shore.

    14. Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for this ARC.The Shore tells the stories of islanders living off the coast of Virginia. Many of the individuals described escape to the islands because they don't want to be found. The stories are all connected, although not told in chronological order. I didn't mind the fact that there were jumps from past to present, and future, although I enjoyed the future story the least and found it the most far fetched. I don't think though it detracted from my enjo [...]

    15. The shore in question is the collective name for an ellipses of islands dotted off the Virginian coast. It is a place of magic, drug addiction, domestic abuse, doomed love, illicit distilleries, wild ponies, and shell-dappled roads. Treating time as a game of hopscotch, Sara Taylor’s debut novel traces the ebb and flow of the islands’ families over several centuries and into an imagined future. It’s an accomplished balancing act, especially for a debut novel. An incidental character in one [...]

    16. It took some time but I really enjoyed this book. It was quiet, powerful, and affecting. Lots of different things going on, and I for one loved the conclusion. Watch my video here.

    17. As we wrap up another Postal Book Club round, it's safe to reveal some of the selections we've read since last summer. The Shore was my pick for our group, so naturally, I loved it. Many reviews call The Shore a collection of connected stories, but, for me, it was most definitely a novel. The main character is the setting itself, a group of small islands in the Chesapeake Bay, that come alive through Taylor’s exquisite language and imagery, and offer solace and heartache to the generations of [...]

    18. The beginning read well and grabbed Chloe's personality and context of her life. But I am afraid I have to be the odd woman out again on this one.The continuity was not there. Period.The pictorial family charting at the beginning non-withstanding. The place feel existed, just. But my enjoyment in the read barely made the two.And this time, I could actually detail 4 or 5 basic reasons why. But I won't, because the mode and the writing style are exactly into current endemic forms. And they are pop [...]

    19. This collection is webbed together, following closely knit characters. From the first story (which is my favorite) I realized that I was going to be riveted and maybe horrified by the actions within. It does verge on the strange as we head into the future, but it fits. The writing is beautiful and I can't wait for a novel by Taylor. In honesty, this collection reads like a novel because being the shore, many are relatives or friends that touch each other throughout the ages, some inappropriately [...]

    20. On the whole I really liked this. It's a collection of short stories all centered around a small collection of islands off the coast of Virginia.The stories are set in different time periods and around different characters but seem to connect well anyway.The first story blew me away, but the last one I didn't much care for. The stories are written to a very high standard, and I was very impressed with the author"s writing.I would recommend this but with a note of caution. There are quite a few a [...]

    21. A curious delight from this year's Kitschies newbie list that gently SFnalizes the Virginia seashore over several generations of two families on through to near-future gentle apocalypse. Where magic realism meets Mason Dixon South, there's a tinge of what's maybe coastal Appalachia culture (?) that makes this curiouser and curiouser. With strong writing swirling with conflict, historic momentum, and minor magicks, perhaps the only objectionable piece is the too-often depiction of Native American [...]

    22. "Tutto il nostro sangue" è un buonissimo esordio per Sara Taylor. Un esordio che mi ha incuriosito da subito ma che ho lasciato in stand-by perché pensavo di trovarla un'opera pesante, non amando molto le raccolte di racconti. "The Shore", titolo orginale, infatti è una raccolta di racconti che vanno dal 1876 al 2143, racconti tutti dedicati alla stessa grande famiglia. Ogni racconto è dedicato a una persona diversa, solo due personaggi avranno due racconti a testa. A complicare le cose, non [...]

    23. Sento che questo è un romanzo a cui non ho reso giustizia: spero di avere occasione di rileggerlo, tra qualche anno, e di dedicargli l'attenzione che invece meriterebbe. È un romanzo molto originale, fatto di racconti che si intrecciano a formare una trama molto più ampia, spaziando in diverse epoche storiche e andando ad infilarsi negli anfratti più violenti di una famiglia che abita sulle Shore, un gruppo di isole al largo della costa della Virginia. I personaggi sulla scena variano in con [...]

    24. - le derive fantastiche+ i filoni più grossi di questa saga famigliare- quando la scrittura si fa sovraesposta di particolari- una struttura romanzo un po' precaria+ alcune scene perfette (es: lo stupro nella casa in ristrutturazione)+ i dialoghi: né troppi, né troppo pochi (comunque ben scritti)Cit.

    25. The Shore is a début novel from Sara Taylor but you wouldn’t know it because the writing is so assured in tone and structure. The book is set on a small group of islands off the coast of Virginia and covers a three hundred year period that focuses on two lines of descendants stemming from Medora – half white, half Native American who was born on the islands in the mid 19th Century. The novel bounces around in time, between the mid 1990s, to the late 1800s, to the early 20th Century, to a po [...]

    26. This is a seriously good book that demands your full attention. You will be rewarded with pages of mesmerising stories and memorable characters. It blew me away and it will certainly end up being one of my favourite books of 2015.Each chapter is a separate story which is intricately linked, by location, and to members of two families. After the first chapter I was hooked and found myself taking deep breaths and filled with anticipation at the start of each new chapter. The storytelling is delici [...]

    27. Firstly, this book contains a great deal of emotional and sexual abuse so just want to put out a trigger warning.-I really did enjoy this debut novel by Sara Taylor, but it did take me a while to really get in to it. Looking back however, this may have something to do with the fact that I was reading it via Kindle.I would definitely say that it is closer to a short story collection - rather than a novel - and I found no issues with dipping in and out, reading a chapter or two at a time. Although [...]

    28. In the synopsis, we learn that The Shore is a group of small islands in the Chesapeake Bay, just off the coast of Virginia, withumps of evergreens, wild ponies, oyster-shell roads, tumble-down houses, unwanted pregnancies, murder, and dark magic in the marshes. 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.So the story begins, and we are first introduced to two young girl [...]

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