By Ron Rash
From Ron Rash, PEN / Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling writer of Serena, comes a brand new number of unforgettable tales set in Appalachia that specializes in the lives of these haunted by way of violence and tenderness, desire and fear—spanning the Civil conflict to the current day.
The darkness of Ron Rash’s paintings contrasts with its unforeseen sensitivity and stark good looks in a fashion which can purely be finished through 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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