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April 25, 2012


Oprah’s Book Club 

9 Lessons from the Fictional Women We’ve Always Wanted to Be

Ask any reader to name her favorite literary heroine and she’s likely to start reeling off anecdotes as fondly as if remembering her best friend. Here’s what our favorite fictional women have taught us about our own, very real lives.

Ron Rash on The Cove: A Novel, Co-presented with Books & Books

Deep in the Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander, and even the light fears to travel. Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe–just as they know that Laurel Shelton, the lonely young woman who lives within its shadows, is a witch. Alone she aches for her life to begin. Then it happens–a stranger appears, carrying nothing but a beautiful silver flute and a note explaining that his name is Walter, he is mute, and is bound for New York. As the days pass, Walter slips easily into life in the cove and into Laurel’s heart, bringing her the only real happiness she has ever known. But Walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything–and danger is closer than they know. In The Cove by Ron Rash, during a time of uncertainty, when fear and ignorance reign, Laurel and Walter will discover that love may not be enough to protect them.

Ron Rash‘s Burning Bright won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. “Into the Gorge” garnered a second O. Henry Prize for Rash, and, along with “The Ascent,” was selected for the Best American Short Stories series. Those stories and “Back of Beyond” were also selected for the Best New Stories from the South series. Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in EdenSaints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and three collections of stories, among them Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. He teaches at Western Carolina University.

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