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Rash's moody, potent slice of Southern gothic fiction centers on a murder and its devastating effect on a small Appalachian town in the 1950s. When Holland Winchester, local troublemaker in tiny Seneca, S.C., vanishes without a trace, it's up to town sheriff and WWII veteran Will Alexander to search for answers. Holland's mother claims to have heard a gunshot, and she insists that neighbor Billy Holcombe killed her son. Events unfurl slowly and methodically, and it's soon revealed that Billy's pregnant wife, Amy, had been having an affair with Holland. Shifting from Sheriff Alexander's narration, the story continues in Amy's voice as she recounts her frustration with Billy's sterility and her increasingly desperate need to bear a child. An impulsive visit to a spell-weaving widow for advice proves to be Amy's downfall when she's told that if her husband can't give her a child, she should "lay down with a man who can." The ensuing drama of infidelity, jealousy and betrayal is told by a chorus of characters with distinctive Appalachian voices: chief among them are Amy, Billy and Amy's young son, Isaac, whose discovery of the identity of his real father is both heartbreaking and liberating. As the valley is flooded to make room for a power company's land takeover, further tragedies unfold. Poet and short story writer Rash writes lyrically while maintaining the suspense of the central mystery. As each character reveals his or her secrets, the tale builds into a quiet storm-and a terrific first novel.
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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 2 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 5 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 6 months ago by William
Awesome book. Could not put it down. Told from 5 different characters perspectives. Would make a good movie.Published 7 months ago by David Reich III
This is not the "type" of story I usually read. I was attracted to the writing style of Ron Rash through one of his short stories, so I figured I'd pick up one of his novels. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert Jacoby
I thoroughly enjoyed One Foot In Eden, the places and names used in this novel are from the area I was raised in, giving me a nostalgic feeling of home. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jimmy
Written about the area where I live and I can see the storyline taking place. I think I even recognize the fictional characters! It's an entertaining read for others as well.Published 10 months ago by AHinson
I really loved this book! The author's language was almost poetic in it's beauty and spirit. Through some wonderful slight of hand, he evokes 50's Appalachia to lure us in what at... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Keith Roann