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PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in unforgettable stories that span from the Civil War to the present day.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss’ gruesomely unusual war trophies.
First appearing in the New Yorker, a prisoner sent to fetch water for his chain gang tries to sweet-talk a farmer’s young wife into helping him escape, only to find that she is as trapped as he is.
Something Rich and Strange
A diver is called upon to pull a drowned girl’s body free from under a falls, but he finds her eerily at peace below the surface.
The violence of Rash’s characters and their raw settings are matched only by their resonance and stark beauty, a masterful combination that has earned Rash an avalanche of praise.
“Ron Rash’s fifth story collection, Nothing Gold Can Stay, set in hardscrabble Appalachia, has a tone and temperament like that of his compatriot Eudora Welty, with a twist of Barry Hannah.” Elle
“Violence-streaked stories that comprise another fine collection from [Ron] Rash…his oneness with the region and its people makes an indelible impression.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Rash impresses with clear-eyed, sympathetic writing about flawed and troubled characters.” Publishers Weekly
“Rash’s short stories thematically paint Appalachia not as a definitive place but as a series of many interconnected ways of relating to human and environmental frailty. Another fine addition to the Rash bibliography, and a great entry point for the uninitiated reader.” Library Journal
“A wonderful collection.” Booklist