Nothing Gold Can Stay


Rash, Ron

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
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 setting are matched only by their resonance and stark beauty, a masterful combination that has earned Rash an avalanche of praise.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0062202715
Characteristics: 239 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jul 01, 2014
  • sarabeagle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing collection! I was disappointed when I finished the last one, I wanted to read more!

Apr 18, 2014
  • John_Bowen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The quality of Ron Rash's writing is extraordinary... I recommend this collection to everyone who appreciates fine prose.

Apr 15, 2013

"In his third collection of stories, author Ron Rash continues to explore the emotionally harsh terrain of Appalachia, which he definitively renders through the use of local dialect, atmospheric prose, and flawed characters. While all 14 stories are set in North Carolina, they take place from the Civil War era to the present. Traps - both figurative and literal, of the characters' own making or by others - figure frequently, as individuals trapped by their circumstances try to better their lives, sometimes with disastrous outcomes. Provocative and insightful, these stories make "an indelible impression" (Kirkus Reviews)." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter


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