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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.
 
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PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2008) : Chemistry and Other Stories


Ron Rash recommends
Saints in Limbo
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
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."

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."

Echolocation (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."


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