Something Rich and Strange

Something Rich and Strange

Selected Stories

eBook - 2014
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From the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling award-winning author of Serena and The Cove, thirty of his finest short stories, collected in one volume.

No one captures the complexities of Appalachia—a rugged, brutal landscape of exquisite beauty—as evocatively and indelibly as author and poet Ron Rash. Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, two O Henry prizes, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Rash brilliantly illuminates the tensions between the traditional and the modern, the old and new south, tenderness and violence, man and nature. Though the focus is regional, the themes of Rash's work are universal, striking an emotional chord that resonates deep within each of our lives.

Something Rich and Strange showcases this revered master's artistry and craftsmanship in thirty stories culled from his previously published collections Nothing Gold Can Stay, Burning Bright, Chemistry, and The Night New Jesus Fell to Earth. Each work of short fiction demonstrates Rash's dazzling ability to evoke the heart and soul of this land and its people—men and women inexorably tethered to the geography that defines and shapes them. Filled with suspense and myth, hope and heartbreak, told in language that flows like "shimmering, liquid poetry" (Atlanta Journal Constitution), Something Rich and Strange is an iconic work from an American literary virtuoso.


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Apr 08, 2019

Rash at his short-story best. The Second Coming is my fave, with references to Yeats & to Lynarad Synard's The Bird adding complexity. But these are not 'happy' stories -- as one reviewer says, they're "unsparing".

HMWLibrary2017 Jul 14, 2017

Rash is truly unsparing but at the same time deeply sympathetic toward his characters and their world. A must-read for people who've read "Hillbilly Elegy" and want to learn more about Appalachia and it's inhabitants.


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