Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories

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HarperCollins, Feb 19, 2013 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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 settings are matched only by their resonance and stark beauty, a masterful combination that has earned Rash an avalanche of praise.

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User Review  - Sasha - Goodreads

Here's the thing about short stories: as soon as I become invested in one, it ends. So annoying! This led me to shun short story collections for many years. Recently I got over my prejudice and hopped ... Read full review

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User Review  - Snotchocheez - Goodreads

A solid collection of short stories by Ron Rash, all set in his native North Carolina. If you haven't read any of his fiction, this is probably a good place to start. Plenty of variety in the 14 ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and four collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

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