One Foot in Eden
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Will Alexander is the sheriff in a small town in southern Appalachia, and he knows all that the local thug Holland Winchester has been murdered. The only thing is the Sherriff can find neither the body nor someone to attest ...more
One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash was chosen by members of On the Southern Literary Trail as a group read for January, 2015. Special thanks to Diane Barnes, Co-Moderator "Miss Scarlett", On the Southern Literary Trail.
January 16, 2015
A child may ask, 'What is the world's story about?' And a grown man or woman may wonder, 'What way will the world go? How does it end and, while we're at it, what's the story about?'...more
I believe that there is one story in the world, and onl
Holland Winchester's mother told Sheriff Will Alexander that her son has disappeared. She heard gunshots and she was sure that Billy Holcombe murdered her son, but no body was found. The book is narra ...more
The setting is a small town in an Appalachian valley and mostly takes place during the time period before it was to be flooded for an electric dam project. Family farms and businesses are about to be taken by the government, and the citizens are gradually forced to evacuate. It is a time o ...more
Told in multiple first person points of view, "One Foot in Eden" is a murder mystery of sorts that's not so much a who-done-it as a how-done-it and why-done-it. With each new point of view a different layer of the story is re ...more
Great book! Looking forward to reading Ron Rash's Serena.
The book alternates from 5 points of view around a murder in a small South Carolina town in the 50s: the sheriff, the wife of a happily ...more
That pretty much sums up all the story components found in this one--- whether that be directed at the places, people, circumstances, loves, hates, family ties, or occupations. Rash can draw it all to one little quote, hidden in one little paragraph, on one obscure page, but I think that's where he was guiding me all along. He blends Appalachian Fire ...more
Great book. Like the jacket will tell you, equal parts vintage crime novel with southern gothic fiction thrown in for good measure. I wanted to think Ron Rash as Cormac McCarthy-lite, but that would be inaccurate. His writing is more pensive, plaintive. His writing is thoughtful, clear as can be, like a natural oral story teller.
Ron Rash: an author every connoisseur of literary quality southern-fiction, grit-lit and/or Appalachian culture should read. “One Foot in Eden” was his debut novel, and my first to read as well. How I had overlooked this phenomenal writer is perplexi ...more
The mystery is slowly revealed as we hear from five different narrators: ...more
This must be the way you get when your job is to ...more
The High Sheriff - Seeking to find someone.
Each time my blood flowed it seemed it was our hearts blood that was flowing, like our hearts that had once swelled so full of love for one another was shriveling like tomatoes in a drought.
The Wife - Desire to want someone.
Susanne's character from the Austrian movie Revanche is strinkingly similar to Amy Holcombe's c...more