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Burning Bright: Stories Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 9, 2010
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Opening with "Hard Times" in which a Depression Era farmer's wife insists the impoverished neighbors' dog is stealing their eggs; when confronted the patriarch neighbor slices the throat of his canine to prove he was not the thief. Fishing for the felon proves shockingly successful. In sixteen pages, Ron Rash provides a cast of poor people struggling with survival but doing so with pride. That theme is throughout the anthology whether it is the young turning to meth "Back of Beyond" in which a pawn shop owner knows who the addicts are as they are his best customers including his nephew. "The Ascent" focuses on a tweener who makes a family with corpses in a crashed plane he finds. Whether he centers on the Civil War with "Dead Confederates" and "Lincolnites", the Great Depression ("Hard Times") or the present, Mr. Nash provides his readers with a profound look at the people of Appalachia where pride and hard work battle poverty and drugs.
His beautiful and lyrical language just grabs the reader and does not let go. Here is something that just was so touching:
"He imagined towns where hungry men hung on boxcars looking for work that couldn't be found, shacks where families lived who didn't even have one swaybacked milk cow. He imagined cities where blood stained the sidewalks beneath buildings tall as ridges. He tried to imagine a place worse than where he was."
The stories in this book span the time from the Civil War through the present time and touch on a variety of subjects: poverty, family, job loss. Each story shows its characters' fortitude and endurance...and the grace with which they carry on every day.
Despite the grim and sometimes violent circumstances in which his stories emerge, Rash has an amazing sense of humor. Who else can make you laugh about meth addicts who rob their families, men who would rather see his children starve than accept a handout, and thieves desecrating confederate graves?
This is an extraordinary collection of stories that will make your own imagination burn bright.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my second Ron Rash book.
Mr. Rash writes about Appalachian people. I was raised by and with Appalachians and Rash knows of what he writes. Read more
Rash is a genius at taking outside ourselves and placing us in unknown territory.Published 4 months ago by ymsgbs
Some I liked some I didn't. All well written. Over all good.Published 4 months ago by Robin Sallenbach
True and memorable characters . Smooth writing style.
Great book to read when traveling. Complete and precise stories . Leaves you imagining more of the individuals.
Wasn't sure what to expect at first, yet this series of short stories were captivating and thought-provoking with a darker twist.Published 7 months ago by Rebecca F Harper
Excellent short stories. I couldn't just read one and stop...read straight thru. I will be reading more Ron Rash books.Published 8 months ago by Fieldwork
Ron Rash writes novels that are hard to put down and he is a master of the short story form. I have read every word of his fiction and eagerly await his new novel.Published 8 months ago by Dr. Garey Durden, PhD
I actually made to 79 percent before I gave up. Each story was more depressing than the last. At least they were original.Published 9 months ago by Jaki