The author of Serena is back with this "murky and deliberate" novel that "solidifies Rash as master of modern Southern Gothic," as our reviewer Jon Foro puts it. Set in an Appalachian town during World War I, The Cove feels both timeless and timely, a story about patriotism run amok and fear of the outsider. It is also a bittersweet love story crossed with a mystery. Whose skull is that in the well? "Ron Rash washes this novel's languid spaces with bucketfuls of atmospheric dread, pushing his characters into the currents of their fate with determined empathy," Foro says.
In the meantime, the rest of out Best Books of the Month are filled with unique characters, both real and fictional--a hospitalized mother and daughter (Afterwards), a civic leader with dark secrets, a man in pursuit of perfect health, as well as ex-presidents, ornithologists, and eccentric creators and artists (Magic Hours). But what really ties this list together is the compelling sense of place, from a dark and lonely Appalachian valley (The Cove) to New Orleans and then the Korean War (The Coldest Night) to Seattle during the 1962 World's Fair (Truth Like the Sun) to a miniaturized Promised Land in the bedroom of a magical little girl (The Land of Decoration).
Learn more about all of April's Best Books of the Month, including new paperback releases, top kids and teens picks, and Editors' picks in categories like Biography & Memoir, Nonfiction, and Romance.