By Ron Rash
From Ron Rash, PEN / Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling writer of Serena, comes a brand new choice of unforgettable tales set in Appalachia that specializes in the lives of these haunted by way of violence and tenderness, wish and fear—spanning the Civil battle to the current day.
The darkness of Ron Rash’s paintings contrasts with its unforeseen sensitivity and stark attractiveness in a fashion which can basically be complete by means of this grasp of the quick tale form.
Nothing Gold Can Stay comprises 14 tales, together with Rash’s “The Trusty,” which first seemed in The New Yorker.
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