Burning Bright: Stories (Hardcover)

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Ron Rash's latest collection of short stories may very well leave you
breathless. Rash's characters can be desperately cruel, and hopelessly
naive at the same time, drawing the reader into their tangled lives. The
stories are meant to be separate, yet there is a ribbon of authenticity
binding the stories together, tugging at the commonality of human
struggle, pulling the Appalachian community to light. Stories like
“Back of Beyond,” touch on the heartbreaking realization of what happens
when family members are too far gone to save, and the sacrifices that
are made to save those around them. Rash's writing is stunning, with a
clarity that breaks through the barrier between reader and story.

— Jessilynn

Ron Rash's latest collection of short stories may very well leave you breathless. Rash's characters can be desperately cruel, and hopelessly naive at the same time, drawing the reader into their tangled lives. The stories are meant to be separate, yet there is a ribbon of authenticity binding the stories together, tugging at the commonality of human struggle, pulling the Appalachian community to light. Stories like “Back of Beyond,” touch on the heartbreaking realization of what happens when family members are too far gone to save, and the sacrifices that are made to save those around them. Rash's writing is stunning, with a clarity that breaks through the barrier between reader and story.

— From Jessilynn

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“A gorgeous, brutal writer.”
—Richard Price, New York Times bestselling author of Lush Life and Clockers

 

In Burning Bright, Pen/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Serena, Ron Rash, captures the eerie beauty and stark violence of Appalachia through the lives of  unforgettable characters. With this masterful collection of stories that span the Civil War to the present day, Rash, a supremely talented writer who “recalls both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy” (The New Yorker), solidifies his reputation as a major contemporary American literary artist.

About the Author


Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestseller Serena and Above the Waterfall, in addition to four prizewinning novels, including The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and six collections of stories, among them 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.

Praise For…


“For the past 15 years, Ron Rash has been carving out a position as one of the best writers in America writing about Appalachia... BURNING BRIGHT is raw, honest and assured.”
— San Francisco Chronicle

“Ron Rash (SERENA) delivers compelling bleakness in BURNING BRIGHT, a collection of powerful short stories set in the hardscrabble towns of Appalachia.”
— San Diego Union-Tribune

“The ferally beautiful stories in Ron Rash’s BURNING BRIGHT evoke Appalachians of a Civil War past-- and a meth-blighted present-- with the haunting clarity of Walker Evans photographs.”
— Vogue

“The deserving winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story competition here gathers several of the finest stories anyone could hope to read. These are powerful excursions into the darkest areas of human experience. Magnificent is suddenly too small a word.”
— Irish Times

“These are hard stories. These are hard people. But their troubles are never anything less than compelling...Rash has a feel for Appalachia and its ways, its rough justice, its loyalties... [Rash] has written a memorable, if often brutal, elegy for a vanishing way of life.”
— Miami Herald

“A slender set of spare and menacing depictions of the unforgiving ways of life in rural Appalachia, Burning Bright finds a narrow sweet spot between Raymond Carver’s minimalism and William Faulkner’s Gothic.”
— Washington Post

“Ron Rash is a writer of quiet and stunning beauty... The stories in BURNING BRIGHT are beautiful. Each story is luminescent, deeply communicative of Appalachia and perfectly framed with sentences both lyrical and grounded.”
— Huffington Post

“The skill with which [Ron Rash’s] tales are constructed is more apparent in Burning Bright... these paired down short stories make it much easier to see how expertly Mr. Rash fine-tunes his work... elegantly sophisticated work...Mr. Rash certainly knows how to rivet attention.”
— Janet Maslin, New York Times

“Finely drawn stories...a collection to be read for the quality of the prose, which reflects Rash’s intimate knowledge of this region and its history. His heart is clearly in this place .”
— The Oregonian (Portland)

“A finely crafted, understated collection of 12 stories....Rash writes the way the old bluegrass musicians sing: in a stark, high-lonesome voice capturing the yearning and despair of characters who have lost almost everything but their pride.”
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Rash...is at the top of his game.”
— Time Out New York

“[Rash] is a master craftsman who pares down language to its essential elements in these starkly beautiful stories.”
— Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061804113
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: March 9th, 2010
Pages: 224
Language: English
 

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