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Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories Hardcover – February 19, 2013
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Title: Nothing Gold Can Stay( Stories) <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: RonRash <>Publisher: Ecco
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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.
And roots are what Rash's writing is all about. As always, the stories take place in Western North Carolina but jump around within WNC and in time, from the Civil War to present day. What doesn't change is the ongoing exploration of the gestalt of the people of WNC.
The tensions created back home by war are a common theme (a theme Rash also explored in his most recent novel, The Cove). In Twenty-Six Days it is Afghanistan, or maybe Iraq. In The Magic Bus it is Vietnam. In The Dowry it is the Civil War. Where the Map Ends and A Servant of History demonstrate just how deep grudges can run in Appalachia (it is deep indeed). Rash's willingness to end on either a soft note or a hard note keeps the reader guessing, but the threat of violence always lurks beneath the surface.
Death, too, is ever present. One is always coming and the other come and gone. Small bodies of water play a prominent role in Something Rich and Strange, A Sort of Miracle, and The Woman at the Pond. Meth rears its ugly head in Those Who Are Dead Are Now Forgiven, and that old enemy Oxycontin ("hillbilly heroin") shows up in Nothing Gold Can Stay. Even one of the weaker stories, A Sort of Miracle, is worth the price of admission purely for an extended rant on Floridians.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Something Rich and Strange
Where the Map Ends
A Servant of History
A Sort of Miracle
Those Who Are Dead Are Only Now Forgiven
The Magic Bus
The Woman at the Pond
Three A.M and the Stars Were Out
I haven't read as many of his novels but living in logging country, right up next to the tree-falling side of the business I can say Ron's novel, "Serena" is the finest accounting of the cutting and sawing end of the logging business I have ever read.