We all love books for different reasons, so I always try to feel out why someone loved a book when I give a recommendation. If you loved Sara Taylor’s The Shore, here are four more titles based on some of the book’s unique traits.
Sense of Place: Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky
It wasn’t quite clear to me how much Sara Taylor really captured the feeling of Virginia’s Eastern Shore until I vacationed there a few weeks ago. If you want another book with a strong sense of place, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky by David Connerley Nahm is it—you will feel absolutely transported to childhood summers in rural Kentucky.
Deeply Linked Stories: Country Hardball
Though it’s technically a novel, each chapter of The Shore can easily stand on its own as a short story. Country Hardball by Steve Weddle straddles that same line between short stories and a novel, with a dark setting and gritty characters to boot.
Connected Through Time: Cloud Atlas
The Shore spans over two hundred years, from the Eastern Shore’s early inhabitants well into the future. Though its structure and stories are much different, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell follows linked characters over a similar span of time, including the post-apocalyptic future.
Rural Poverty: The Working Poor
Though its central to nearly every story in The Shore, I didn’t expect the poverty on the Eastern Shore to be as widespread as it is. If you’re interested in reading more in nonfiction form, The Working Poor by David K. Shipler is a great place to start. It is about ten years old, though, so I also have my eye on $2.00 a Day by Kathryn J. Edin, which comes out in September.