Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nothing Gold Can Stay


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Unforgettable stories that span from the Civil War to the present day. In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss's gruesomely unusual war trophies. In "The Trusty," which first appeared in The New Yorker, a prisoner sent to fetch water for his chain gang tries to sweet-talk a farmer's young wife into helping him escape, only to find that she is as trapped as he is. In "Something Rich and Strange," a diver is called upon to pull a drowned girl's body free from under a falls, but he finds her eerily at peace below the surface. The violence of Rash's characters and their raw settings are matched only by their resonance and stark beauty, a masterful combination that has earned Rash an avalanche of praise.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2013.
ISBN: 9780062202710
Characteristics: 239 p. ;,22 cm.


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DBRL_IdaF Apr 01, 2017

This collection of short stories centers around the people of Appalachia, though the time periods vary.

The first story, "The Trusty", is one I'm sure will stick with me for a long, long time. Set in Depression-era North Carolina, it follows the effort of a prisoner to escape his chain gang by enlisting the help of the innocent young farm wife who supplies water to the laborers. But all is not as it seems.

The contemporary story of a young couple trying to win enough money at the casino to pay off their truck had me holding my breath several times.

Rash's descriptions provide a vivid mental image of the landscapes and people. His characters and dialogue ring true. He uses concrete words to explore spiritual and emotional depths. I want to re-read some of these stories to appreciate telling details that mean more once you get to the end and know the whole tale.

Recommended for readers who have enjoyed books by Daniel Woodrell.

If you've ever had to grin and bear it and bite down hard, you'll relate to the characters in these short stories. One way or the other, you'll make it through, too. Recommended by Jeffrey

Jul 01, 2014

Amazing collection! I was disappointed when I finished the last one, I wanted to read more!

Apr 18, 2014

The quality of Ron Rash's writing is extraordinary... I recommend this collection to everyone who appreciates fine prose.

ChristchurchLib Apr 15, 2013

"In his third collection of stories, author Ron Rash continues to explore the emotionally harsh terrain of Appalachia, which he definitively renders through the use of local dialect, atmospheric prose, and flawed characters. While all 14 stories are set in North Carolina, they take place from the Civil War era to the present. Traps - both figurative and literal, of the characters' own making or by others - figure frequently, as individuals trapped by their circumstances try to better their lives, sometimes with disastrous outcomes. Provocative and insightful, these stories make "an indelible impression" (Kirkus Reviews)." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter

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