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Publisher Ecco/Harper Collins, February 19, 2013

Ron Rash dazzles readers with his gift for evocative and luminous prose and his piercing insight into the human heart's duality--a yearning for nobility often overshadowed by our dark, primal nature. In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked, as boys to steal their boss's unusual but valuable war trophies. In "The Trusty," which first appeared in the New Yorker, a convict sent to fetch water for the chain gang tries to sweet-talk a fanner's young wife into helping him escape, only to find she too is imprisoned in her own way. In "Something Rich and Strange," a diver is called upon to pull a drowned girl's body free from under a falls, but finds her eerily at peace below the surface. Rash captures lives tarnished by violence that unexpectedly shimmer with sublime tenderness, and raw settings matched only by their stark beauty -- a masterful combination that has earned this award-winning author an avalanche of praise.


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