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One Foot in Eden

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Will Alexander is the sheriff in a small town in southern Appalachia, and he knows that the local thug Holland Winchester has been murdered. The only thing is the sheriff can find neither the body nor someone to attest to the killing. Simply, almost elementally told through the voices of a sheriff, a local farmer, his beautiful wife, their son, and the sheriff's deputy, "One Foot in Eden" signals the bellwether arrival of one the most mature and distinctive voices in southern literature.

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"A classic tale of passion and tragedy. Each voice rings as true as the sound of an ax in the cold early morning air." Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls

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"Equal parts vintage crime novel and Southern Gothic, full of aching ambivalence and hard compromises, and rounded off by bad faith and bad choices, One Foot in Eden is a veritable garden of earthly disquiet." Los Angeles Times

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"Ruggedly beautiful...Reading Rash's tale is like listening to a plaintive mountain ballad about a time and place long vanished: the lyrics are sweet and mournful, wistful and dark. And, oh, does One Foot in Eden linger!" The Charlotte Observer

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"Rash's characters have a heroic quality as they struggle to fill the empty spaces in their hearts. They also have a poetic intensity." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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"One Foot In Eden is a story of wild, almost primitive force and yet it is neatly and ingeniously put together. Ron Rash knows to the core the ways of those who yearn for what is just beyond their grasp. Here is a lasting experience." Fred Chappell, Poet Laureate of North Carolina

Synopsis:

Will Alexander is the sheriff in a small town in southern Appalachia, and he knows that the local thug Holland Winchester has been murdered. The only thing is the sheriff can find neither the body nor someone to attest to the killing. Simply, almost elementally told through the voices of the sheriff, a local farmer, his beautiful wife, their son, and the sheriff's deputy, One Foot in Eden signals the bellwether arrival of one the most mature and distinctive voices in southern literature.

About the Author

Ron Rash currently lives in Clemson, South Carolina. He is the author of several collections of short fiction and poetry, and has had his work featured in The Yale Review, The Oxford American, and elsewhere. This is his first novel. Henry Holt will publish his second in summer 2004.

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Janet Best, January 4, 2007 (view all comments by Janet Best)
This novel is a murder mystery story written in a clever way. The reader knows the identities of both the victim and the murderer but learns more about all of the characters and the murder by reading the story through the eyes of several characters. Mr. Rash writes in the beautiful voices of North and South Carolina and draws the reader into those areas. The novel is deeply moving and a start to finish read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312423056
Author:
Rash, Ron
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Crime
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Picador ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
108-208
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.24 x 5.68 x 0.6 in

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Product details 224 pages Picador USA - English 9780312423056 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A classic tale of passion and tragedy. Each voice rings as true as the sound of an ax in the cold early morning air."
"Review" by , "Equal parts vintage crime novel and Southern Gothic, full of aching ambivalence and hard compromises, and rounded off by bad faith and bad choices, One Foot in Eden is a veritable garden of earthly disquiet."
"Review" by , "Ruggedly beautiful...Reading Rash's tale is like listening to a plaintive mountain ballad about a time and place long vanished: the lyrics are sweet and mournful, wistful and dark. And, oh, does One Foot in Eden linger!"
"Review" by , "Rash's characters have a heroic quality as they struggle to fill the empty spaces in their hearts. They also have a poetic intensity."
"Review" by , "One Foot In Eden is a story of wild, almost primitive force and yet it is neatly and ingeniously put together. Ron Rash knows to the core the ways of those who yearn for what is just beyond their grasp. Here is a lasting experience."
"Synopsis" by ,
Will Alexander is the sheriff in a small town in southern Appalachia, and he knows that the local thug Holland Winchester has been murdered. The only thing is the sheriff can find neither the body nor someone to attest to the killing. Simply, almost elementally told through the voices of the sheriff, a local farmer, his beautiful wife, their son, and the sheriff's deputy, One Foot in Eden signals the bellwether arrival of one the most mature and distinctive voices in southern literature.

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