By Ron Rash
From Ron Rash, PEN / Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling writer of Serena, comes a brand new number of unforgettable tales set in Appalachia that makes a speciality of the lives of these haunted through violence and tenderness, wish and fear—spanning the Civil struggle to the current day.
The darkness of Ron Rash’s paintings contrasts with its unforeseen sensitivity and stark good looks in a way which can in basic terms be entire by means of this grasp of the fast tale form.
Nothing Gold Can Stay comprises 14 tales, together with Rash’s “The Trusty,” which first seemed in The New Yorker.
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