One Foot in Eden

One Foot in Eden

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Will Alexander is the sheriff in a small town in southern Appalachia, and he knows that the local thug Holland Winchester has been murdered. The only thing is the sheriff can find neither the body nor someone to attest to the killing. Simply, almost elementally told through the voices of the sheriff, a local farmer, his beautiful wife, their son, and the sheriff's deputy, " One Foot in Eden" signals the bellwether arrival of Ron Rash, one the most mature and distinctive voices in Southern more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • Picador USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312423055
  • 9780312423056
  • 70,387

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A classic tale of passion and tragedy. Each voice rings as true as the sound of an ax in the cold early morning air. "Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls" Equal parts vintage crime novel and Southern Gothic, full of aching ambivalence and hard compromises, and rounded off by bad faith and bad choices, "One Foot in Eden" is a veritable garden of earthly disquiet. "Los Angeles Times" Ruggedly beautiful...Reading Rash's tale is like listening to a plaintive mountain ballad about a time and place long vanished: the lyrics are sweet and mournful, wistful and dark. And, oh, does "One Foot in Eden" linger! "The Charlotte Observer" Rash's characters have a heroic quality as they struggle to fill the empty spaces in their hearts. They also have a poetic intensity. "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" "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. Here is a lasting experience. Fred Chappell, Poet Laureate of North Carolina Ron Rash writes like a prince! Pat Conroy "One Foot in Eden" is a forceful but never forced narrative. Rash moves his tragedy along with great authority, revealing motives that build to the complexity of each character as well as our fascination with them and the outcome of their lives. It is a finely polished novel. "The Columbia State" If you are a fan of writers such as Robert Morgan, Lee Smith and Fred Chappell, you'll be pleased to know they liked this novel and wrote glowing jacket notes. And no wonder: "One Foot In Eden" could have been written by any of these authors....Save yourself a nice stretch of time for this book. Once you start it, you will find it extremely hard to put down. "The Anderson Independent" In this fine, passionate work, Rash combines a murder mystery with the occasion of the flooding of a South Carolina Appalachian valley by Carolina power. The story of "One Foot In Eden" is simple, elemental. The conclusion has the force and inevitability of real tragedy...a tragedy that occurs in the ancient, brooding mountains of the Southern Appalachians. "Don Noble, Alabama Public Radio""show more

About Ron Rash

Ron Rash is the author of the prize-winning novels "One Foot in Eden, Saints" "at the River "and "The World Made Straight," as well as several collections of poetry and short stories. He is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize and the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. For "Saints at the River" he received the 2004 Weatherford Award for Best Novel and the 2005 SEBA Best Book Award for Fiction. Rash holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University and lives in Clemson, South more

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3,287 ratings
4.1 out of 5 stars
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4 45% (1,495)
3 17% (543)
2 2% (81)
1 1% (29)

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You can leave the mundane words to others--- Ron Rash captures the harsh poetry of peoples lives with his engrossing, down to earth, storytelling and, yet, you can just catch the strains of the fiddle from across the more
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