By Ron Rash
From Ron Rash, PEN / Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling writer of Serena, comes a brand new selection of unforgettable tales set in Appalachia that makes a speciality of the lives of these haunted by means of violence and tenderness, wish and fear—spanning the Civil conflict to the current day.
The darkness of Ron Rash’s paintings contrasts with its unforeseen sensitivity and stark attractiveness in a way that can merely be complete via this grasp of the fast tale form.
Nothing Gold Can Stay comprises 14 tales, together with Rash’s “The Trusty,” which first seemed in The New Yorker.
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