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Above the Waterfall
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash
by Ron Rash


 
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New York, NY: Ecco (2016)

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“Combining suspense with acute observations and flashing insights, Rash tells a seductive and disquieting tale about our intrinsic attachment to and disastrous abuse of the land and our betrayal of our best selves.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Ron Rash is the kind of writer you want to call a Pulitzer-prize winner because it’s a foregone conclusion. His poems and short stories and novels . . . have established him as the bard of Appalachia, but make no mistake: He’s a national treasure, albeit one who’s still too unknown.”—Esquire


A poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia that illuminates lives shaped by violence and a powerful connection to the land.

Les, a longtime sheriff, is just weeks from retirement when he is forced to contend with the ravages of crystal meth—and his own corruption—in his small Appalachian town. Meanwhile, Becky, a park ranger with a harrowing past, finds solace amid the lyrical beauty of the North Carolina mountains.

Enduring the mistakes and tragedies that have indelibly marked them, they are drawn together by a reverence for the natural world. When an embittered elderly local is accused of poisoning a trout stream on the property of a nearby resort, Les and Becky are plunged into deep and dangerous waters, forced to navigate currents of disillusionment and betrayal that will force them to question themselves and test their tentative bond—and threaten to carry them over the edge.

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