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Nothing Gold Can Stay

Finalist for the 2014 Audie Award for Best Short Stories/Collections Narration

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. 

The Trusty

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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

“Crime, with its violence, threads through the butcher’s dozen of stories in the author’s masterly fourteenth book, Nothing Gold Can Stay, as inexorably as it winds through the problematic lives of his Appalachian-dwelling characters.”

Wall Street Journal

“Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay is [his] best book since Serena. Excitingly versatile…The stories are united by clean, tough specificity, courtly backwoods diction, and a capacity for sending shivers. (Alfred Hitchcock would have loved the story ‘A Sort of Miracle’).”

New York Times

“With Nothing Gold Can Stay, Ron Rash cements his reputation as one of the foremost chroniclers of that mythic uber-America known as the South…At his best, Rash evokes an understated poignancy that is genuinely affecting.”

Washington Post

“A collection of short stories about Appalachia that are actually more like diamonds: cold, glittering, valuable.”

New York magazine

“A lovely, essential new collection of stories…lyrical and honest, grounded in place yet sweeping in scope…[Rash’s] prose is elegant, suggestive, and Hardyesque.”

Boston Globe

“Striking…engaging…mesmerizing…After finishing this collection, one simply just wants to read more of Ron Rash.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Masterfully crafted. The best of Rash’s stories, written in a spare prose style, have an aching lyricism as they chronicle the hard times and hard fall of his characters. The best of the best will haunt the reader long after they’re done.”

Washington Independent Review of Books

“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

Author Biography

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena. His other works include One Foot in EdenSaints at the River, and The World Made Straight, as well as numerous short story collections and three collections of poems. Chemistry, and Other Stories was a finalist for the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award, and he has received the O. Henry Prize twice. Rash currently teaches at Western Carolina University.

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Phoebe Strole is an actress and an audiobook narrator who was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Shegraduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in drama. She has appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening and in various films and television series, including Hamlet 2, 30 Rock, Glee, and Rescue Me.

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