Books & Books, Coral Gables. March 20, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
“An artist with a “reputation for writerly miracles,” (Janet Maslin, New York Times), Ron Rash dazzles readers with his gift for evocative and luminous prose and his piercing insight into the human heart’s duality – a yearning for nobility often overshadowed by our dark, primal nature.
In the title story, two drug addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their boss’s unusual but valuable war trophies. In “The Trusty,” a convict sent to fetch water for the chain gang tries to sweet talk a farmer’s young wife into helping him escape, only to find she too is imprisoned in her own way. In “Something Rich and Strange,” a diver is called upon to pull a drowned girl’s body free from under a falls, but finds her eerily at peace below the surface. Rash captures lives tarnished by violence that unexpectedly shimmer with sublime tenderness, and raw settings matched only by their stark beauty – a masterful combination that has earned this award-winning author an avalanche of praise.
Ron Rash is the author of The Cove and of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestseller Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and four collections of stories, including Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.
Serena, a New York Times bestseller, will be released soon as a feature film starring Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games; Winter’s Bone), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover; Limitless); directed by Susanne Bier, (In a Better World, winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film).
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