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Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash
by Ron Rash


 
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New York, NY: Ecco (2014)

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The PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling author returns to the the emotional terrain of Appalachia to limn lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear in a collection of unforgettable stories that span the Civil War to the present day

“These stories are wonderful. They give me an ache in the heart and I have to sit and look out my window and think over and over again.”—Alice Munro

"[Rash’s] starkly beautiful prose has mapped the heart and soul of southern Appalachia in a way few writers of his generation can match. . . splendid . . . shimmering, liquid poetry. ”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution


In the title story, two drug addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their boss’s unusual but valuable war trophies. In “The Trusty,” Ron Rash’s first story to appear in The New Yorker, a prisoner sent to fetch water for the chain gang tries to sweet talk a farmer’s young wife into helping him escape, only to find 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 finds her eerily at peace below the surface. The violence of Rash’s characters and their raw settings are matched only by their unexpected tenderness and stark beauty, a masterful combination that has earned Ron Rash an avalanche of praise.

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