SOMETHING RICH AND STRANGE by Ron Rash
Publisher Ecco/Harper, November 1, 2014
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.
Something Rich and Strange showcases this acclaimed master’s artistry
and craftsmanship in
thirty-four stories culled from previously published collections and two
available for the first time in book form: “Outlaws” and “Shiloh.”
Each work of short fiction demonstrates Rash’s dazzling ability to evoke the
heart and soul of this land and its people—men and women inexorably tethered
to the geography that defines and shapes them. Filled with suspense and
myth, hope and heartbreak, and told in language that flows like “shimmering,
liquid poetry” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Something Rich and Strange is
an iconic work from an American literary virtuoso.