Ron Rash

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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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what made losing someone you loved bearable was not remembering but forgetting.
I wrote this line one day when I was thinking of how I couldn’t remember which side my father (dead three decades) parted his hair. Checking a photo answered the question, but it struck me that, as this line says, memory has to dim, at least somewhat, for us to be able to bear their loss.
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Second novels are tough; remind yourself that you've done it once and can do it again. In my second I had the wrong narrator and had to ditch 50 pages and start again. Ron Rash
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Galloway's mother has prophasized that Rachel's child is a deadly threat to Serena, so must be killed. Hope that helps, Ron Rash
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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.”
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.”
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“It's a hard place this world can be. No wonder a baby cries coming in to it. Tears from the start”
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