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Studies in desperation, resilience, and hope,
This review is from: Burning Bright: Stories (Hardcover)
No other writer in America can show us that instant when a desperate heart breaks in stories at once stark and tender like Ron Rash does. His characters are sometimes aware that they are on the edge of sanity or that they are about to make a painful discovery, but they just as often miss the moment and know that another chance for redemption may never again pause for their hesistant grasp. They are caught up in drifts of fate and cannot remember making that first misstep, they make bad decisions and spend their rueful lives wishing their deeds undone, or they realize that no one lives a simple life, that every passing moment is another loss, and that the only viable responses may be to laugh, perform a small act of kindness, and try to endure.
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.