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In The Trusty, a prisoner gets loose and with the help of a woman he sees his way to freedom only to have things turn on him in the end.
In Cherokee, Danny goes to a casino hoping to win enough money to pay off his debt. He and his wife check in to the hotel and Danny carefully plays the slot machines.
A man who considers himself a 'Servant of History' looks into the etiology of songs. His search for these beginnings ends up turning around and harming him.
Those Who Are Dead Are Only Now Forgiven was one of my favorite stories in the collection. A college student is in love with Lauren who has turned into a meth-head. He tries to free her from her addiction but ends up giving himself to her and her demons.
The Dowry is another of my favorites. A family is totally against the marriage of their daughter and is about to kill her fiance when a pastor steps in to make things right and evens up the score.
All of the stories have panache and I read them aloud to my husband as we were driving. It was great to hear the words spoken and to share the book with someone else. It is a welcome addition to Rash's repertoire of works and I plan to read his other short stories soon. For those of you who enjoyed 'Serena', these stories will not be disappointing.
Ron Rash is a magician then. He's a wizard who, without resorting to stereotypes, writes honestly, and for the most part realistically, about depressing subjects while maintaining, perhaps unintentionally, an optimistic air, or Hope. In a short story, he connects you to the character(s) in a way that's rare. One that struck me particularly hard was "The Ascent" in his collection, "Burning Bright: Stories," about a typical 5th grader whose parents are meth-head scavengers from whom he wishes to fly away.
I purchased "Nothing Gold Can Stay" after reading reviews for this and prior books by Ron Rash. Since I've read this, I've bought and read his other short story books (the ibooks) "Burning Bright: Stories" and "Chemistry and Other Stories." I have enjoyed nearly every story in each volume, even the ones that seem to me somewhat far-fetched like "A Sort of Miracle," with Baroque and Marlboro, in "Nothing Gold..." I get a rush as I start each new story and find nearly every one of them provocative of folks and places and what-nots I've known growing up in the Deep South. For short story collections, you can't beat that. I highly recommend this and the other 2 mentioned above.
What a gift Ron Rash always bestows upon us, his readers. While his novels ONE FOOT IN EDEN, SERENA, and THE COVE, just to name a few, are wonderful, so are his short stories.
This book consists of fourteen of some of the best written short stories ever done. Set in Appalachia, we are introduced to some of the most diverse characters, bizarre situations, dark and eerie accounts, and honest to good reading.
A few of my favorites include ~~
THE TRUSTY -- A prisoner on a chain gang is sent to tote water back to others; he finds a young and innocent bride who seems to be as much of an inmate as he. A plan is hatched and truths are laid open. Things don't turn out as one would expect.
A SORT OF MIRACLE -- Brothers-in-law take an adventure in the woods on a freezing cold day, looking for a medical solution. Again, plans are made, the situation changes, and nothing is ever the same again. Should we turn left or should we turn right?
These are only two out of the fourteen; I can honestly say that I did enjoy every one of these short stories. Rash has the talent of not only writing an excellent story, but sometimes letting the reader draw his/her own conclusion as the story comes to an abrupt halt. I like that --
His characters are always fleshed-out and utterly realistic and he knows his way around the human heart and soul.
I read this book in a few hours time and loved every minute and every word. If you are a lover of good fiction, true to life situations and characters, shedding a few tears, and enjoying some of the best short stories ever written, this is the book for you.
My many thanks to HarperCollins Publishers for an advanced copy of NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY. The opinions stated above are definitely my own.
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The short stories in this book are artfully written, kind of like a Robert Frost poem. Each story, upon completion, sent me into a period of contemplation. Read morePublished 6 days ago by BrokenArrow
love this author. you can tell by his writing that he is a poet..lyrical and emotional are all his stories and writingsPublished 20 days ago by Paul Davis
My most pressing questions after reading this book were 1) why didn't I read this earlier, and 2) can I call out of work for the next week to read everything else he's written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nik Korpon
Ron Rash can be a tough read because his stories often have nasty outcomes. Beyond this the characters are sharply developed, the reader will form attachment or revulsion, as if... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Larry Strattner
“I’d fish until it was neither day nor night, but balanced between. There never seemed to be a breeze, pond and shore equally smoothed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cloggie Downunder
I met Ron at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville right after Serena got optioned, he is a genuinely super nice guy, and I love his stories. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bob Justman
Very fine collection of short stories. If you are from Appalachian or a rural area, you'll enjoy this book. I have reread favorites already, and expect to revisit this book often.Published 9 months ago by BHS
This guy, Ron Rash can write.....he has a very interesting stylet, I want to say it has an O'Henry style....but more subtle..... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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