Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nothing Gold Can Stay


Book - 2013
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From Ron Rash, PEN / Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Serena, comes a new collection of unforgettable stories set in Appalachia that focuses on the lives of those haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear--spanning the Civil War to the present day.

The darkness of Ron Rash's work contrasts with its unexpected sensitivity and stark beauty in a manner that could only be accomplished by this master of the short story form.

Nothing Gold Can Stay includes 14 stories, including Rash's "The Trusty," which first appeared in The New Yorker.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062202710
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rash 2013
Characteristics: 239 p. ; 22 cm


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DBRL_IdaF Apr 01, 2017

This collection of short stories centers around the people of Appalachia, though the time periods vary.

The first story, "The Trusty", is one I'm sure will stick with me for a long, long time. Set in Depression-era North Carolina, it follows the effort of a prisoner to escape his chain gang by enlisting the help of the innocent young farm wife who supplies water to the laborers. But all is not as it seems.

The contemporary story of a young couple trying to win enough money at the casino to pay off their truck had me holding my breath several times.

Rash's descriptions provide a vivid mental image of the landscapes and people. His characters and dialogue ring true. He uses concrete words to explore spiritual and emotional depths. I want to re-read some of these stories to appreciate telling details that mean more once you get to the end and know the whole tale.

Recommended for readers who have enjoyed books by Daniel Woodrell.

If you've ever had to grin and bear it and bite down hard, you'll relate to the characters in these short stories. One way or the other, you'll make it through, too. Recommended by Jeffrey

Jul 01, 2014

Amazing collection! I was disappointed when I finished the last one, I wanted to read more!

Apr 18, 2014

The quality of Ron Rash's writing is extraordinary... I recommend this collection to everyone who appreciates fine prose.

ChristchurchLib Apr 15, 2013

"In his third collection of stories, author Ron Rash continues to explore the emotionally harsh terrain of Appalachia, which he definitively renders through the use of local dialect, atmospheric prose, and flawed characters. While all 14 stories are set in North Carolina, they take place from the Civil War era to the present. Traps - both figurative and literal, of the characters' own making or by others - figure frequently, as individuals trapped by their circumstances try to better their lives, sometimes with disastrous outcomes. Provocative and insightful, these stories make "an indelible impression" (Kirkus Reviews)." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter


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