Sunday, March 31, 2013

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash~★★★★

Author: Ron Rash,
Title: Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Publisher: Ecco
Genre:  Fiction

Book Jacket: "Pen/Faulkner Award Finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in unforgettable stories that span from the Civil War to the present day.
In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss's gruesomely unusual war trophies. In "The Trusty," which first appeared in The New Yorker, a prisoner sent to fetch water for his chain gang tries to sweet-talk a farmer's young wife into helping him escape, only to find that she is as trapped as he is. In "Something Rich and Strange," a diver is called upon to pull a drowned girl's body free from under a falls, but he finds her eerily at peace below the surface. The violence of Rash's characters and their raw settings are matched only by their resonance and stark beauty, a masterful combination that has earned Rash an avalanche of praise." 

Taryn's Review: I feel like I am the worst short story reader. I don't always "get" them. I would have loved to major in Literature in college, but as my classmates discussed the overarching themes and foreshadowing in Literature class, I felt so left out. I don't read stories that way. It's not necessarily wrong not to, but I often wish I was able to. I mean, if you completely overlook phallic images in a story while everyone else immediately recognized them, you aren't meant to be an Literature major, ha!

This is one of those books where I probably overlooked some themes. I really enjoyed Rash's writing style and although half the time I didn't know what I was suppose to take away from the story, I still liked them! Rash wrote the stories in a very point-blank fashion, which I tend to favor. A couple of the stories were a little darker than what I encounter in my normal readings, but none were dark enough to cause me to stop reading. The stories listed in the book jacket were some of my favorites in the book, along with "The Magic Bus."

Short stories are great when you're busy and don't have time to get wrapped up in a single story. I can't speak for everyone, but it's great for me to know the ending to short stories quickly because otherwise I know I'd want to stay up late to continue reading a novel, which I don't have time to do! I wouldn't have any issue selecting another Ron Rash book to read.

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