Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nothing Gold Can Stay : Stories

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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.In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss's gruesomely unusual war trophies. In "The Trusty," which first appeared 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. In "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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 340.19g
  • Ecco Press
  • United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0062202715
  • 9780062202710
  • 510,659

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"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')."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"show more

Customer reviews

Some, trying to tell the great American story, come across as the middle class addressing the middle class. This America is just as real and just as populous. These stories are, equally, of the people ---- probably more so. Beauty, hope and a good measure of heartache, they're all here. Why, in our songs and stories, do we gravitate as much to the heartache as the joy. Maybe it's innate, it's in us all. Like an old branding iron, some stories will sear and stay. This gold can stay. Thank you, Ron more
by Brian Nolan