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Burning Bright

Stories

By Ron Rash

Burning Bright
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  • Hardcover: Mar 2010,
    224 pages.
    Paperback: Feb 2011,
    384 pages.

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Short stories that span the years from the Civil War to the present day in Appalachia

In this beautifully written collection of short stories, Ron Rash digs deep into the lives of people in the North Carolina Appalachian region to create a gritty and at times chilling portrait of those on the down and out. Each story in this collection left me feeling deep and thoughtful. The imagery is heart-breaking, humorous, poignant, maddening, eerie. Together the stories create an image of place so vivid that it makes me forget I have spent almost every summer of my life there and makes me believe that Rash's portrait of the region is the one and only.

The stories are divided into two parts which have no title, but the halves seem to be: "those who live there" and "those who left." The first half hosts stories about poverty-stricken farmers during the depression, meth addicts, poor modern townies, and depression, and shows a place that was struggling to survive, and is now ...

Map of the Appalachian Region

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