Chemistry and Other Stories

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Macmillan, Apr 17, 2007 - Fiction - 230 pages
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Chemistry and Other Stories, A Picador Paperback Original

From the pre-eminent chronicler of this forgotten territory, stories that range over one hundred years in the troubled, violent emergence of the New South.

In Ron Rash's stories, spanning the entire twentieth century in Appalachia, rural communities struggle with the arrival of a new era.

Three old men stalk the shadow of a giant fish no one else believes is there. A man takes up scuba diving in the town reservoir to fight off a killing depression. A grieving mother leads a surveyor into the woods to name once and for all the county where her son was murdered by thieves.

In the Appalachia of Ron Rash's stories, the collision of the old and new south, of antique and modern, resonate with the depth and power of ancient myths.

 

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User Review  - bookczuk - LibraryThing

I'm not a short story fan, but really like the writing of Ron Rash. Some of these were thought provoking, some ok. At least one has been spun out into a full length novel (now a movie.) Read full review

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User Review  - Alexander19 - LibraryThing

Every story in this collection is set in rural Appalachia, focusing on the people and ways of living in the area. I loved each and every story, especially "Blackberries in June" These stories are ... Read full review

Contents

THEIR ANCIENT GLITTERING EYES
1
CHEMISTRY
23
LAST RITE
41
BLACKBERRIES IN JUNE
53
NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING
73
OVERTIME
83
COLD HARBOR
95
HONESTY
107
DANGEROUS LOVE
121
THE PROJECTIONISTS WIFE
137
DEEP GAP
149
PEMBERTONS BRIDE
163
SPECKLED TROUT
209
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Ron Rash is the author of the prize-winning novels One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River and The World Made Straight, as well as several collections of poetry and short stories. He is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize and the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. For Saints at the River he received the 2004 Weatherford Award for Best Novel and the 2005 SEBA Best Book Award for Fiction. Rash holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University and lives in Clemson, South Carolina.

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