Ron Rash

Ron Rash

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in Chester, South Carolina, The United States
January 01, 1953




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Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel, Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and four 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.

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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 16,224 ratings — published 2008 — 39 editions
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The Cove
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 5,740 ratings — published 2012 — 21 editions
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One Foot in Eden
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Saints at the River
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Burning Bright: Stories
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The World Made Straight
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,101 ratings — published 2006 — 8 editions
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Nothing Gold Can Stay
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Chemistry and Other Stories
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 401 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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Raising the Dead
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 2002 — 2 editions
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Eureka Mill
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 98 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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“Then one morning she’d begun to feel her sorrow easing, like something jagged that had cut into her so long it had finally dulled its edges, worn itself down. That same day Rachel couldn’t remember which side her father had parted his hair on, and she’d realized again what she’d learned at five when her mother left – that what made losing someone you loved bearable was not remembering but forgetting. Forgetting the small things first, the smell of the soap her mother had bathed with, the color of the dress she’d worn to church, then after a while the sound of her mother’s voice, the color of her hair. It amazed Rachel how much you could forget, and everything you forgot made that person less alive inside you until you could finally endure it. After more time passed you could let yourself remember, even want to remember. But even then what you felt those first days could return and remind you the grief that was still there, like old barbed wire embedded in a tree’s heartwood. (51)”
Ron Rash, Serena

“But nothing is solid and permanent. Our lives are raised on the shakiest foundations. You don't need to read history books to know that. You only have to know the history of your own life.”
Ron Rash, One Foot in Eden

“She realized that being starved for words was the same as being starved for food, because both left a hollow place inside you, a place you needed filled to make it through another day. Rachel remembered how growing up she’d thought living on a farm with just a father was as lonely as you could be. (130)”
Ron Rash, Serena


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