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The Night the New Jesus celebrates storytelling a art and necessity. Like the best Southern writers, Ron Rash gives us funny without cornpone, irony without mockery, charm without sentimentality.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Bench Pr
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Sam
Feb 13, 2008 Sam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of humor; those interested in Western NC
Recommended to Sam by: Hannah Honeycutt
My grandfather grew up in Cliffside during the Depression. In The Night New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina, Ron Rash shares tales that would have occurred a few decades later, when Grandaddy was working full-time in a mill, raising my mom and uncle with my grandmother in Kings Mountain, less than an hour from the title location.

I was amused and warmed by each story's description of Western North Carolina culture in the middle to latter part of the twentieth
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Jim
What a delightful set of short stories, almost every one as good as the next (which is rare for collections, I think). His characters and scenarios ring true. These are people I know or knew of. Three narrative voices are used (each getting three or four stories), all members of a small southern Appalachian town: Vincent, who recalls his younger years dealing with his parents, a mill-townie done good as an art professor at a local junior college whose peculiar ways irritate the long-suffering bu ...more
Angela
One of my favorite Ron Rash books- short stories with a sly humor, told by 3 narrators, all set in small town Appalachia
Iman
A friend of mine, from North Carolina, recommended this author, and this book in particular. Living in Lebanon, I had no idea who Ron Rash was. Since I love being introduced to new authors, I immediately jumped on this opportunity. Although the characters live in a setting that is completely foreign to me, I was nonetheless quite attached to them, and found myself wanting to know more.
Kelley
This was written by an English professor from my college :-), though I was not in his class. I listened in at a lecture regarding this book, and found him to be an amazing speaker. He read excerpts from this book and had the whole audience drawn in. Very good book and I look forward to reading it again.
JoAnn/QuAppelle
Ron Rash is one of my favorite authors and his short stories are so well-written. I am very picky when it comes to this form of writing and would recommend his stories (and novels) wholeheartedly. Gems!
Misty
I read this to my "Granny" when she lived with me. It was required reading for Engl. 101, and I still think of it as one of my favorite books.
Lisa
What a great collection of stories. Laugh out loud funny, great characters and great writing.
Martha Morgan
Very enjoyable and humorus. Loved it.
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