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THE RISEN

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—and one bewitching young woman—and the secrets that could destroy their lives.

While swimming in a secluded creek on a hot Sunday in 1969, sixteen-year-old Eugene and his older brother, Bill, meet the entrancing Ligeia. A sexy, free-spirited redhead from Daytona Beach banished to their small North Carolina town until the fall, Ligeia will not only bewitch the two brothers, but lure them into a struggle that reveals the hidden differences...

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ABOVE THE WATERFALL

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. When an irascible elderly local is accused of poisoning a trout...

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SOMETHING RICH AND STRANGE

From the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of Serena and The Cove, thirty-four of his finest short stories, collected in one volume

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, two O. Henry prizes, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Rash brilliantly illuminates the tensions between the traditional and the modern, the old and the new south, tenderness and violence, man and nature. Though his focus is regional, the themes of Rash’s work are universal, striking an emotional chord that resonates deep within each of our lives....

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NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY

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...

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THE COVE

Laurel Shelton and her brother Hank are living out on farmland the locals say is cursed. And maybe it is. Laurel is born with a large birthmark that neighbors take as a sign of witchery. Hank loses an arm while serving overseas in WW I. When Hank falls in love with a woman who refuses to live there, Hank secretly plans to leave his sister behind.

But Laurel’s fate is forever altered when she comes upon a stranger in the woods one day, a stranger she saves from a near-fatal accident. With only a simple haversack of worldly belongings, including his treasured flute and note explaining that he is mute and bound for New York, the stranger slowly insinuates himself into life in the Cove, helping Hank on the farm, playing his ethereal music in the long twilit evenings, and, eventually...

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BURNING BRIGHT

The acclaimed Pen/Faulkner finalist and New York Times best-selling author of Serena captures the eerie beauty, stark violence, and rugged character of Appalachia in stories that span the Civil War to present day.

Few writers know the heart and soul of a region, as does Ron Rash. Like William Faulkner’s Mississippi or Ivan Doig’s Montana, Rash’s Appalachia is a dichotomous land of beauty and brutality settled by characters as remarkable and enduring as the mountains and hollows they call home...

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SERENA

The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton arrive from Boston in the North Carolina mountains to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself the equal of any worker, overseeing crews, hunting rattlesnakes, even saving her husband’s life in the wilderness. Together, this Lord and Lady Macbeth of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child...

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WAKING

Rooted in places like Watauga County, Goshen Creek, and Dismal Mountain, the poems in Ron Rash’s fourth collection, "Waking", electrify dry counties and tobacco fields until they sparkle with the rituals and traditions of Southerners in the stir of their lives.

In his first book of poetry in nearly a decade, Rash leads his readers on a Southern odyssey, full of a terse wit and a sense of the narrative so authentic it will dazzle you. As we wake inside these poems, we see rivers wild with trout, lightning storms, and homemade churches, nailed and leaning against the side of a Tennessee mountain...

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CHEMISTRY AND OTHER STORIES

Ron Rash is the poet laureate of Appalachia, a writer whose insight and empathy have illuminated this terrain in three transcendent novels, stories and collections of poems. In his latest volume of stories, spanning the entire twentieth century in this region, Rash chronicles the onset of the modern era in rural communities, the deterioration of the old ways, and the violent arrival of a larger world.

Three old men stalk the shadow of a giant fish no one else in town believes is there. A son watches his father take up scuba diving in the town reservoir...

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THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT

The World Made Straight by Ron Rash In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past. Travis Shelton is seventeen the summer he wanders onto a neighbor’s property in the woods, discovers a crop of marijuana large enough to make him some serious money, and steps into the jaws...

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SAINTS AT THE RIVER

Saints At The River by Ron Rash In SAINTS AT THE RIVER, the drowning of a thirteen-year-old girl, swept away in a whitewater river while on vacation, divides a small Appalachian town. This tragedy brings a young woman journalist to the community of her childhood, and on a trip back home that forces her to confront issues buried in her past...

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ONE FOOT IN EDEN

"One Foot in Eden is a story of wild, almost primitive force and yet it is neatly and ingeniously put together. Ron Rash knows to the core the ways of those who yearn for what is just beyond their grasp. He has given us the strength of tragedy with the compassion of someone who cares deeply. Here is a lasting experience..."

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