If you're looking for a nuanced take on Southern Gothic, this is the novel for you. Murky backwoods, brutal patriarchy, ambiguous morality, and an underlying mysticism are the underpinnings of these stories. The Shore
is Winesburg, Ohio
's disturbed, time-hopping, meth head cousin...and it's great. Taylor's novel features a series of interconnected vignettes, each highlighting a different character, trauma, and era. The physical islands that comprise the Shore carry enough weight and pull that they are almost a character of their own. If Flannery O'Connor is among your favorite authors (as she should be) then you'll enjoy this book. Sara Taylor takes up the torch of creating a dark, almost absurd, mythos for the modern South and does so with skill.