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AuthorRon Rash
LanguageEnglish
PublisherCanongate Books Ltd
Publication Date16 August 2012
Book DescriptionA FARMER and his wife fall on hard times. They haven't lost everything the way others have, but they have lost enough. Their hope for a better future comes under threat when they discover an intruder on their land. A WOMAN from a small town marries an outsider. Her love for him battles with her suspicions that he is the source of the fires ravaging the mountains. A YOUNG BOY, neglected by his parents, sits in the remains of a crashed plane and lovingly tends to two frozen bodies. These remarkable stories and many more can be found in Burning Bright, an award-winning collection that captures the complexities of a place and conjures characters that will burn bright in your mind long after you have finished reading.
Editorial ReviewThe dozen stories [in Burning Bright]...have led to justifiable comparisons with Raymond Carver and Cormac McCarthy. ... These are tales that put you in another place, another kind of life. Recommended * * Daily Mail * * Rash tells great stories, raw and powerful, but he is above all, an instinctive writer. These narratives, whether told in his laconic first person, or in a detached third-person voice, are well served by his flawless use of language. Every word carries meaning and intent . . . Rash possesses a realist's vision that resounds with truth * * Irish Times * * Rash's prose is at once strong and supple, masculine and poetic, and lit up by a wealth of precise physical detail. ... His power of conveying landscape is exemplary, and he has a sure understanding of the measure and constraints of the short-story form * * Sunday Times * * An exciting collection of short stories . . . delivered with such a surety of hand and such a considered distillation of the human spirit as to warrant the comparisons to Faulkner and Carver * * Independent on Sunday * * Technically absolutely beautiful - incredibly well-wrought...[Rash] is a real storyteller, a real craftsman. -- Nadine O'Regan * * Judge of the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award and books editor of the Sunday Business Post * * Superb; the great American short story at its best * * The Times * * Searing...A nicely varied feast from a master of the form. * * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * * Rash's evocative rendering of the blighted landscape and the tough characters who inhabit it recalls both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy. * * New Yorker on SERENA * * Could sit comfortably on any bookshelf beside Cormac McCarthy or Charles Frazier * * Guardian on SERENA * * What superb stories come from Ron Rash's pen, the kind that truly put all others in the shade. His stories buck the trend for "moments" in a life that go unexplained: Rash wants you to understand, urgently and fully, what has taken place -- Lesley McDowall * * Independent on Sunday * *
About the AuthorRon Rash is an award-winning poet, short-story writer and novelist. He is the author of several story collections and novels, including Serena, a New York Times Bestseller, and The Cove, also published by Canongate. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains, USA.
Number of Pages224
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