No one captures the complexities of Appalachia—a rugged, brutal landscape of exquisite beauty—as evocatively and indelibly as author and poet Ron Rash. Winner of the frank o'connor international short story award, rash brilliantly illuminates the tensions between the traditional and the modern, tenderness and violence, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, two O Henry prizes, the old and new south, man and nature.
Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories #ad - Though the focus is regional, the themes of Rash’s work are universal, striking an emotional chord that resonates deep within each of our lives. Something rich and strange showcases this revered master’s artistry and craftsmanship in thirty stories culled from his previously published collections Nothing Gold Can Stay, Chemistry, Burning Bright, and The Night New Jesus Fell to Earth.
Each work of short fiction demonstrates Rash’s dazzling ability to evoke the heart and soul of this land and its people—men and women inexorably tethered to the geography that defines and shapes them.
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Above the Waterfall: A NovelEcco #ad - When an irascible elderly local is accused of poisoning a trout stream, Les and Becky are plunged into deep and dangerous waters, forced to navigate currents of disillusionment and betrayal that will force them to question themselves and test their tentative bond—and threaten to carry them over the edge.
Echoing the heartbreaking beauty of william faulkner and the spiritual isolation of Carson McCullers, Above the Waterfall demonstrates once again the prodigious talent of “a gorgeous, brutal writer” Richard Price hailed as “one of the great American authors at work today” Janet Maslin, New York Times.
Above the Waterfall: A Novel #ad - In this poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia, New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash illuminates lives shaped by violence and a powerful connection to the land. Les, a long-time sheriff just three-weeks from retirement, contends with the ravages of crystal meth and his own duplicity in his small Appalachian town.
Becky, a park ranger with a harrowing past, finds solace amid the lyrical beauty of this patch of North Carolina. Enduring the mistakes and tragedies that have indelibly marked them, they are drawn together by a reverence for the natural world.
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The Risen: A NovelEcco #ad - A sexy, especially eugene, ligeia entrances the brothers, free-spirited redhead from Daytona Beach banished to their small North Carolina town, who is drawn to her raw sensuality and rebellious attitude. Eugene begins to move farther and farther away from his brother, and when Ligeia vanishes as suddenly as she appeared, the cautious and dutiful Bill, the growing rift between the two brothers becomes immutable.
Decades later, the once close brothers now lead completely different lives. In its pages, the past rises up, haunting and chiding, demanding answers of us all. The news & observer new york times bestselling author ron rash demonstrates his superb narrative skills in this suspenseful and evocative tale of two brothers whose lives are altered irrevocably by the events of one long-ago summer, one bewitching young woman—and the secrets that could destroy their lives.
The Risen: A Novel #ad - While swimming in a secluded creek on a hot Sunday in 1969, Bill, sixteen-year-old Eugene and his older brother, meet the entrancing Ligeia. But can eugene’s recollections be trusted? And will the truth set him free and offer salvation. When a shocking reminder of the past unexpectedly surfaces, Eugene is plunged back into that fateful summer, and the girl he cannot forget.
The deeper eugene delves into his memories, the closer he comes to finding the truth. Or destroy his damaged life and everyone he loves?
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Burning Bright: StoriesHarperCollins e-books #ad - With this masterful collection of stories that span the civil war to the present day, a supremely talented writer who “recalls both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy” The New Yorker, Rash, solidifies his reputation as a major contemporary American literary artist. A gorgeous, brutal writer. Richard price, pen/faulkner finalist and new york times bestselling author of Serena, New York Times bestselling author of Lush Life and Clockers In Burning Bright, Ron Rash, captures the eerie beauty and stark violence of Appalachia through the lives of unforgettable characters.
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Saints at the River: A NovelHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Saints at the river confirms the arrival of one of today's most gifted storytellers. Meanwhile, the reporter who's accompanied her to cover the story turns out to have a painful past of his own, and one that might stand in the way of their romance. Drawing on the same lyrical prose and strong sense of place that distinguished his award-winning first novel, Ron Rash has written a book about the deepest human themes: the love of the land, One Foot in Eden, the hold of the dead on the living, and the need to dive beneath the surface to arrive at a deeper truth.
The girl's parents want to attempt a rescue of the body; environmentalists are convinced the rescue operation will cause permanent damage to the river and set a dangerous precedent. A major new southern voice emerges in this novel about a town divided by the aftermath of a tragic accident--and the woman caught in the middleWhen a twelve-year-old girl drowns in the Tamassee River and her body is trapped in a deep eddy, the people of the small South Carolina town that bears the river's name are thrown into the national spotlight.
Saints at the River: A Novel #ad - Since leaving home almost ten years ago, but now, as the town's conflict opens old wounds, Maggie has done her best to avoid her father, she finds herself revisiting the past she's fought so hard to leave behind. Torn between the two sides is maggie Glenn, a twenty-eight-year-old newspaper photographer who grew up in the town and has been sent to document the incident.
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The Cove: A NovelEcco #ad - Though the war in europe is near its end, patriotic fervor flourishes thanks to the likes of Chauncey Feith, an ambitious young army recruiter who stokes fear and outrage throughout the county. Alone except for her brother, Hank, newly returned from the trenches of France, she aches for her life to begin.
Then it happens–a stranger appears, he is mute, carrying nothing but a beautiful silver flute and a note explaining that his name is Walter, and is bound for New York. This lyrical, as mesmerizing as its award-winning predecessor Serena, heart-rending tale, shows once again this masterful novelist at the height of his powers.
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. The new york times bestselling author of serena returns to appalachia, with the story of a blazing but doomed love affair caught in the turmoil of a nation at warDeep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander, this time at the height of World War I, and even the light fears to travel.
The Cove: A Novel #ad - Laurel finds him in the woods, nearly stung to death by yellow jackets, and nurses him back to health. In a time of uncertainty, when fear and ignorance reign, Laurel and Walter will discover that love may not be enough to protect them. But walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything–and danger is closer than they know.
. 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.
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The World Made Straight: A NovelHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Now leonard lives with his dogs and his sometime girlfriend in a run-down trailer outside town, deals a few drugs, and studies journals from the Civil War. Travis becomes his student, even after a century, of sorts, but with the legacy of the Civil War massacre that, leading to a violent reckoning—not only with Toomey, and the fate of these two outsiders becomes increasingly entwined as the community's terrible past and corrupt present bear down on each of them from every direction, continues to divide an Appalachian community.
After hours of passing in and out of consciousness, the wise and vicious farmer who set the trap to protect his plants, Travis is discovered by Carlton Toomey, and Travis's confrontation with the subtle evils within his rural world has begun. Now a major motion picture starring noah wyle, jeremy irvine, adelaide clemens, minka kelly, steve earle, and haley joel osment.
The World Made Straight: A Novel #ad - One of the major writers of our time. The atlanta journal-constitutiontravis shelton is seventeen the summer he wanders into the woods onto private property outside his North Carolina hometown, discovers a grove of marijuana large enough to make him some serious money, and steps into the jaws of a bear trap.
. Vivid, harrowing yet ultimately hopeful, The World Made Straight is Ron Rash's subtlest exploration yet of the painful conflict between the bonds of home and the desire for independence. Before long, travis has moved out of his parents' home to live with Leonard Shuler, a one-time schoolteacher who lost his job and custody of his daughter years ago, when he was framed by a vindictive student.
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Out of the Woods: StoriesSimon & Schuster #ad - Offutt, is on strong home turf here, who “draws landscape and constructs dialogue with the eyes and ears of a native son” The Miami Herald, capturing those who have left the Kentucky hills and long to return. From the critically acclaimed author of the novel the good brother and memoir My Father the Pornographer, Out of the Woods is Chris Offutt’s fiercely original short story collection the New York Times calls “a magical book”.
Out of the Woods: Stories #ad - Arriving seven years after offutt’s debut collection Kentucky Straight, Out of the Woods returns a masterly writer to the form which garnered him not only critical praise but many prestigious awards. These nine stories of gravediggers and drifters, gamblers and truck drivers a long way from home, are tales so full of hard edges they can't help but tell some hard truths.
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Chemistry and Other StoriesPicador #ad - A man takes up scuba diving in the town reservoir to fight off a killing depression. A grieving mother leads a surveyor into the woods to name once and for all the county where her son was murdered by thieves. In the appalachia of ron rash's stories, the collision of the old and new south, of antique and modern, resonate with the depth and power of ancient myths.
Chemistry and Other Stories #ad - Chemistry and other stories, a picador paperback OriginalFrom the pre-eminent chronicler of this forgotten territory, stories that range over one hundred years in the troubled, violent emergence of the New South. In ron rash's stories, spanning the entire twentieth century in Appalachia, rural communities struggle with the arrival of a new era.
Three old men stalk the shadow of a giant fish no one else believes is there.
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I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected StoriesFree Press #ad - Diverse as these tales are, what connects them is the powerful voice of a born storyteller. In these pages readers meet old man meecham, pregnant, who not only falls in love with the town lothario but, whose forty-year marriage is broken up by a dead dog; Bobby Pettijohn, who escapes from his new nursing home only to find his son has rented their homestead to "white trash"; Quincy Nell Qualls, is faced with an inescapable end when he abandons her; Finis and Doneita Beasley, who is awakened in the middle of the night by the noise and lights of a search party looking for clues after a body is discovered in his backwoods.
William gay expertly sets these conflicted people who make bad choices in life and love against lush back-country scenery, and somehow manages to defy moral logic as we grow to love his characters for the weight of their human errors. Like faulkner's mississippi and cormac mcCarthy's American West, Gay's Tennessee is redolent of broken, colorful souls hard at work charting the pathos of their interior lives.
I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories #ad - His debut collection, brings together what gay's dedicated readers are eager for and what new readers will find the perfect introduction to his world: thirteen stories that are mined from this same fertile soil teeming with the grizzled, I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down, everyday folk that Gay is famous for bringing to life.
William gay firmly established himself as "the big new name to include in the storied annals of Southern Lit" Esquire with his debut novel, The Long Home, and his critically acclaimed follow-up, Provinces of Night.
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The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth: And Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina Southern RevivalsUniversity of South Carolina Press #ad - The night the new jesus fell to earth shows us the promising beginnings of a master storyteller honing his craft and contributing from the start to the fine traditions of southern fiction and lore. With a comedic touch that may surprise readers familiar only with rash's later, familial legacies, weak foundations, bad marriages, questionable religious observances, these earnest tales reveal the hard lessons of good whiskey, darker fiction, others, and the dubious merits of possum breeding, as well as the hard-won reconciliations with self, and home that can be garnered only in good time.
This twentieth anniversary edition takes us back to where it all began with ten linked short stories, framed like a novel, Randy, introducing us to a trio of memorable narrators—Tracy, and Vincent—making their way against the hardscrabble backdrop of the North Carolina foothills. The night the new jesus fell to earth was originally released in 1994 and was the first published book from acclaimed writer Ron Rash.
The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth: And Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina Southern Revivals #ad - This southern revivals edition includes a new introduction from the author and a contextualizing preface from series editor Robert H. Brinkmeyer, director of the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies.
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