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One Foot in Eden: A Novel Paperback – January 3, 2004
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“A classic tale of passion and tragedy. Each voice rings as true as the sound of an ax in the cold early morning air.” ―Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls
“Equal parts vintage crime novel and Southern Gothic, full of aching ambivalence and hard compromises, and rounded off by bad faith and bad choices, One Foot in Eden is a veritable garden of earthly disquiet.” ―Los Angeles Times
“Ruggedly beautiful...Reading Rash's tale is like listening to a plaintive mountain ballad about a time and place long vanished: the lyrics are sweet and mournful, wistful and dark. And, oh, does One Foot in Eden linger!” ―The Charlotte Observer
“Rash's characters have a heroic quality as they struggle to fill the empty spaces in their hearts. They also have a poetic intensity.” ―The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“One Foot In Eden is a story of wild, almost primitive force and yet it is neatly and ingeniously put together. Ron Rash knows to the core the ways of those who yearn for what is just beyond their grasp. Here is a lasting experience.” ―Fred Chappell, Poet Laureate of North Carolina
“Ron Rash writes like a prince!” ―Pat Conroy
“One Foot in Eden is a forceful but never forced narrative. Rash moves his tragedy along with great authority, revealing motives that build to the complexity of each character as well as our fascination with them and the outcome of their lives. It is a finely polished novel.” ―The Columbia State
“If you are a fan of writers such as Robert Morgan, Lee Smith and Fred Chappell, you'll be pleased to know they liked this novel and wrote glowing jacket notes. And no wonder: One Foot In Eden could have been written by any of these authors....Save yourself a nice stretch of time for this book. Once you start it, you will find it extremely hard to put down.” ―The Anderson Independent
“In this fine, passionate work, Rash combines a murder mystery with the occasion of the flooding of a South Carolina Appalachian valley by Carolina power. The story of One Foot In Eden is simple, elemental. The conclusion has the force and inevitability of real tragedy...a tragedy that occurs in the ancient, brooding mountains of the Southern Appalachians.” ―Don Noble, Alabama Public Radio
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The story is told by the main characters, each taking their place on center stage and relating the story through their eyes. But they don't tell the same story. The story changes in new hues and tints as each character puts a new and different interpretation on the tale. Each character in turn advances the story as well. What a great way to tell a story.
And by the way, the ending is fitting and makes you want to pick up another Rash story....but there arent any.......YET.
The setting is as startlingly real as in Rash's poems of Apalachia. The characters and language are authentic, and the author manages to nail all five of the narrative voices that reveal each layer of the story.
ONE FOOT IN EDEN is a fine accomplishment by a man who has already established himself in another genre. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I'm not going to summarize this book as it's been done here already, but I definitely, definitely recommend it. Mr. Rash has a way of telling this story that makes you feel like your right there in the Appalachia's. And the ending, when the Deputy is out on the lake, looking down into the crystal clear water, I felt like I myself was seeing everything he saw...and I was just as creeped out as he was by it.
You can't help but love a book that stirs up so many different feelings when reading it, and that's just what this one does. I've put Mr. Rash's second novel 'Saints at the River' on my wish list, and won't let it sit there nearly as long as this book did. I'm just so glad I finally read this.
I hope Ron Rash is currently working on a second novel because I will be looking for it every day until I can purchase it!
I gladly give this book a 5 star rating.
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A well done tale in five parts and set mostly in 1952 South Carolina near the NC state line. Advertised as southern gothic, I guess I'll accept that label. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BrokenArrow
I am floored by the simple, yet lyrical, power of this story. Ron Rash uses a deft hand to give the effects of a crime from the beginning to the end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James R. Tuck
Started out great building to a great story. The ending fell totally apart. RidiculousPublished 2 months ago by CHERYL COLBY
Interesting writing concept of telling the story through the eyes of each character. A dark but compelling tale.Published 4 months ago by Allen Thacker
He writes about the world of Southern Appalachians and their way of life in the special unique way the actual characters live each day ! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dawn Copley
Our Book Club read this book. It was a quick read, held my interest as I wanted to find out what happened next, and I was surprised that our club had some good discussion about the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle User
I loved this novel. The narrative is strong and drives toward the conclusion, yet the writing is reflective with precise word choice. Read morePublished 12 months ago by William