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Something rich and strange : selected stories
Rash, Ron, 1953-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]

Physical Description:
434 pages ; 22 cm
No one captures the complexities of Appalachia as evocatively as Rash. This collection of short stories demonstrate his ability to evoke the heart and soul of this land and its people.
Hard times -- Three a.m. and the stars were out -- Ascent -- Night hawks -- Trusty -- Back of beyond -- Lincolnites -- Into the gorge -- Return -- Waiting for the end of the world -- Burning bright -- Woman who believed in jaguars -- Where the map ends -- Those who are dead are only now forgiven -- Their ancient, glittering eyes -- Falling star -- Magic bus -- Something rich and strange -- Dowry -- A sort of miracle -- Corpse bird -- Dead confederates -- Woman at the pond -- A servant of history -- Twenty-six days -- Last rite -- Blackberries in June -- Chemistry -- Night the new Jesus fell to earth -- Harvest -- Badeye -- Love and pain in the New South -- Shiloh -- Outlaws.
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From the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling award-winning author of Serena and The Cove, thirty of his finest short stories, collected in one volume.

No one captures the complexities of Appalachia--a rugged, brutal landscape of exquisite beauty--as evocatively and indelibly as author and poet Ron Rash. Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, two O Henry prizes, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Rash brilliantly illuminates the tensions between the traditional and the modern, the old and new south, tenderness and violence, man and nature. Though the focus is regional, the themes of Rash's work are universal, striking an emotional chord that resonates deep within each of our lives.

Something Rich and Strange showcases this revered master's artistry and craftsmanship in thirty stories culled from his previously published collections Nothing Gold Can Stay, Burning Bright, Chemistry, and The Night New Jesus Fell to Earth. Each work of short fiction demonstrates Rash's dazzling ability to evoke the heart and soul of this land and its people--men and women inexorably tethered to the geography that defines and shapes them. Filled with suspense and myth, hope and heartbreak, told in language that flows like "shimmering, liquid poetry" (Atlanta Journal Constitution), Something Rich and Strange is an iconic work from an American literary virtuoso.

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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* This collection of 34 stories by the poet and fiction writer of best-sellers Serena (2008) and The Cove (2012) is set in the mountains of Virginia and North and South Carolina. Often compared with Flannery O'Connor, Rash is the master of his craft and a recorder of Appalachia, bringing emotional, historical, and geographical truths to the fore. Ties of family, by birth, marriage and choice, feature strongly in these stories, which range from rip-your-heart-out sad to the patently ridiculous. In Shiloh, Benjamin Miller deserts the army after his first battle and returns home to face an unbearable situation. The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth in Cliffside, North Carolina, narrated by a churchgoing woman whose ex-spouse is a snake-oil salesman, demonstrates, in a most hilarious manner, how modern-day hubris can (most satisfactorily) trip said husband up. The poet in Rash comes out in every story, in language so choice that even his shortest stories pack a serious wallop. Hard Times depicts, in fewer than 11 pages, both the tolerance built into a long-term marriage and the brutality of life in the mountains during the Great Depression. Readers will want to read slowly, dipping into the contents judiciously to extend the pleasures of this stunning collection.--Loughran, Ellen Copyright 2014 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Set in the mountains of western North Carolina, this latest story collection by Rash (Serena) captures the unique, complex culture and history of the Appalachian region. Life and circumstances are often challenging in this part of America, and Rash doesn't shy from including many of the issues facing the region today, especially methamphetamine addiction. Ranging in time from the Civil War to the present, these stories aren't happy, but there's a great feel for the resiliency and determination of mountain people, whether a young woman protecting her livestock and home from roaming Confederate soldiers, a boy trying to keep his family together while his parents are more interested in getting high, or parents working two jobs to help their daughter go to college even as they count the days until her tour in Afghanistan is over. VERDICT Indeed rich and strange and sometimes haunted, this work will certainly appeal to fans of short fiction and Appalachian literature, but it's well worth a try for anyone interested in beautifully crafted short stories. Rash is a modern Southern master who deserves mention with the likes of Eurora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. [See Prepub Alert, 4/14/14; previewed as Above the Waterfall.]-Shaunna E. Hunter, Hampden-Sydney Coll. Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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