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Ron Rash

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Ron Rash is an American poet, short story writer and novelist, is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University.Rash was born in Chester, South Carolina, in 1953, grew up in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Clemson University. In 1994 he published his first book, a collection of short stories titled The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth. Since then, Rash has published three collections of poetry, three short story collections, and four novels, all to wide critical acclaim and several awards and honors. Rash's poems and stories have appeared in more than 100 magazines and journals over the years. With each new book, Rash has confirmed his position as a central and significant Appalachian writer alongside well-established names like Fred Chappell, Lee Smith, and Robert Morgan. Serena, Rash's latest novel, has received favorable reviews nationwide and was a 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist.
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2008) : Chemistry and Other Stories

Ron Rash recommends
Saints in Limbo (2009)
River Jordan
"River Jordan's Saints in Limbo is a compelling story of the mysteries of existence and, specially, the mysteries of the human heart."
Under This Unbroken Sky (2009)
Shandi Mitchell
"Dazzling... This depiction of Depression-era prairie life has a vividness and veracity that brings to mind Willa Cather's fiction. Mitchell is a writer of immense talent."
Our Burden's Light (2010)
Patrick Thomas Casey
"Patrick Thomas Casey is an exciting new voice in American fiction, and this striking debut should give him a wide and appreciative audience."
Bliss, Remembered (2010)
Frank Deford
"One of our country's best writers period."
The Butterfly's Daughter (2011)
Mary Alice Monroe
"A novel taht, like the monarch butterfly, has a plentitude of beauty and wonder."
The Convert's Song (2014)
(Valentine Pescatore, book 2)
Sebastian Rotella
"The Convert's Song hooked me from its opening scene and kept me hooked to the very end. Sebastian Rotella has written a novel filled with suspense and intrigue, as well as real-world insights into those who commit terrorist acts and those who try to stop them."
Midnight Bowling (2016)
Quinn Dalton
"Midnight Bowling rings true as a perfect strike."
Chasing the North Star (2016)
Robert Morgan
"Robert Morgan's true landscape is, as with great writers the peaks ans valleys, the long and winding paths, of the human heart."
The Second Girl (2016)
(Frank Marr, book 1)
David Swinson
"Like Dennis Lehane and Richard Price, David Swinson gives us a gritty urban crime novel populated with morally complex, utterly believable characters. Swinson knows how to build suspense, and he has a great ear for the patois of the streets, but it is detective Frank Marr's tightrope walk between his noble and darker impulses that makes The Second Girl such a rewarding read from start to finish."
The Bones of Paradise (2016)
Jonis Agee
"A beautifully written epic that seamlessly intertwines a family's history with a region's, and, ultimately, with a nation's. This is an ambitious novel."
Desperation Road (2017)
Michael Farris Smith
"An outstanding performance."
The Barrowfields (2017)
Phillip Lewis
"Beautifully written and deeply moving, THE BARROWFIELDS is a novel that centers on a man conflicted between his love of family and his devotion to literature. Phillip Lewis is a very talented writer, and his debut deserves a wide and appreciative readership."
Small Treasons (2017)
Mark Powell
"One of the best novelists of his generation."
Safe (2017)
Ryan Gattis
"Safe is an immensely satisfying crime thriller, but it is also a deeply moving novel about one flawed man’s attempt to create good in a corrupt world. Ryan Gattis has a great ear for the patois of the street, and he reminds us that in 21st century America the worst predators often wear suits and work in offices."
Bluebird, Bluebird (2017)
(Highway 59, book 1)
Attica Locke
"Bluebird, Bluebird has the impeccable pacing, memorable characters, and deepening sense of mystery and dread we expect in the finest noir thrillers. But this is so much more. Attica Locke has written a marvelous novel."
The Afterlives (2018)
Thomas Pierce
"Thomas Pierce's fine new novel is often humorous, but Jim Byrd's search to find out what might lie beyond this life makes The Afterlives much more: a poignant inquiry into our human desire for permanence."
Winter Sisters (2018)
Robin Oliveira
"After two young sisters vanish in a snowstorm, the whys and hows of their disappearance quickly become a compelling and increasingly complex mystery. Robin Oliveira renders nineteenth-century Albany, New York, with exactitude and vividness, but her novel’s ultimate concerns are timeless—suffering and healing, the loyalty to family versus loyalty to justice. I’ve long been a fan of Robin Oliveira’s work, and Winter Sisters only increases my admiration."
Anatomy of a Miracle (2018)
Jonathan Miles
"Jonathan Miles has written a novel whose comic moments alone make it a wonderful read, but Anatomy of a Miracle quickly becomes so much more: an intense, and intensely profound, meditation on how an extraordinary event might test the limits of both scientific and religious belief. What a superb writer; what a superb book."
The Vain Conversation (2018)
Anthony Grooms
"The Vain Conversation vividly evokes the horrors of American racism, but Anthony Grooms never denies the humanity of his characters, whether black or white, young or old. His novel achieves what only the best literature can give us: it refuses too-easy consolations or too-easy condemnations. When we finish the last page, the book is not finished with us. It will haunt us."

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