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San Francisco Chronicle – May 13, 2007
“At first glance, Ron Rash's double-wide world of snapping serpents, wounded
women, expired expectations and Pentecostal penance appears firmly set in
the "scraggly-assed pine trees" and red-dirt landscape of the South. Yet the
culture represented in Chemistry resembles that of any number of rural
American settings. Rash's stories are expertly told with a poet's eye for
language. A few hours with Rash will remind readers that this nation,
despite its seeming prosperity and endless opportunity, still has places off
the grid -- and not just in the South -- where it is simply enough to hang
on for another day.” – Stephen J. Lyons
Publishers Weekly – January 22, 2007
“Haunting... An award-winning Southern novelist, short story writer, and
poet, Rash returns to short fiction with 13 snapshots of contemporary
Appalachia. The setups are imaginative, and Rash gets the feelings right.”
Rash, a poet and novelist (The World Made Straight 2006) steeped in
Appalachia, offers 13 haunting and picturesque stories that illuminate the
terms of survival in that often forgotten landscape. An apt encapsulation of
a hardscrabble world, tinged with loyalty and love, but ruled by hard
justice and revenge.