- Publisher: Ecco Press
- Format: Hardback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 33mm | 340g
- Publication date: 19 February 2013
- ISBN 10: 0062202715
- ISBN 13: 9780062202710
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 414,088
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 praise.
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By Brian Nolan 13 Mar 2013
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 Rash.
"A lovely, essential new collection of stories . . . lyrical and honest, grounded in place yet sweeping in scope. . . . .[Rash's] prose is elegant, suggestive, and Hardyesque."--Boston Globe