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Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, Burning Bright captures the complexities of Appalachia — a rugged, brutal landscape of exceptional beauty, promise, and suffering that serves as New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash's muse.

Spanning from the Civil War to the present day, Rash's historical and modern settings are sewn together in a haunting patchwork of suspense and myth, populated by raw and unforgettable characters mined from the landscape.

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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)

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"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

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"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

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"[Rash] is a master craftsman who pares down language to its essential elements in these starkly beautiful stories." Library Journal

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"Rash...is at the top of his game." Time Out New York

Synopsis:

“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 New York Times bestselling novel Serena, which was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and three collections of stories, including Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice a recipient of the O. Henry Prize, Rash teaches at Western Carolina University.

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Mentalfloss1, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Mentalfloss1)
I love a good short story but have had a hard time finding many of late. "Burning Bright" is a fine collection pretty much throughout. It's not terribly uplifting, as the tales concern the effects of meth and prescription drugs on the people and culture of the rural Midwest, but the writing is clear and the characters, good and bad, come alive. Since there are good characters, or at least those who mean well, reading these stories isn't consistently depressing and all are examples of the fine art of the short story. I'd recommend it.
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Catherine Ball, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Catherine Ball)
Be ready for the expected and unexpected in Ron Rash's latest offering of short stories. He has a rare talent: blending the ways and the lifestyle of seemingly traditional, rural, appalachian characters, with very modern themes and subject matter. Each story is a gem and they draw the reader in with characters as rich and unpredictable as the appalachian mountain environment they live in. The journey is dark and scary and lush and beautiful at once. Ron Rash is one of our great southern writers and I highly recommend Burning Bright: Stories.
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ISBN:
9780061804120
Author:
Rash, Ron
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20110231
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.97 in 13.28 oz

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Product details 224 pages Ecco Press - English 9780061804120 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Ron Rash (Serena) delivers compelling bleakness in Burning Bright, a collection of powerful short stories set in the hardscrabble towns of Appalachia."
"Review" by , "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 ."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[Rash] is a master craftsman who pares down language to its essential elements in these starkly beautiful stories."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Rash...is at the top of his game."
"Synopsis" by ,

“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.

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