“It’s a hard place this world can be. No wonder a baby cries coming into it. Tears from the very start.”
A major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Rhys Ifans
George and Serena Pemberton arrive in the wilds of the North Carolina mountains to build a life together in a rural logging town. But Serena Pemberton is unlike any woman this town has ever seen: overseeing crews, hunting rattlesnakes and even saving her husband in the wilderness. So when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she is determined that her intensely passionate marriage will not unravel. A course of events unfolds that will change the lives of everyone in their rural community and bring this riveting tale of love and revenge to its shocking reckoning.
“A bloody - and bloody brilliant - story of passion and revenge. Terrific”
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“Bitter and brilliant … it could sit comfortably on any bookshelf beside Cormac McCarthy or Charles Frazier … the plot moves with precision, beautifully wrought. The author’s acute sense of place is evident on every page”
“A stunningly effective novel that is stark, fierce, dramatic and gripping from its unforgettable opening paragraph”
new York Times, Top Ten Books Of 2008
“It’s too hypnotic to break away from. Innocent people are in peril, and calamity seems as unstoppable … The final chapter is as flawless and captivating as anything I’ve read this year”
“Rash’s evocative rendering of the blighted landscape and the tough characters who inhabit it recalls both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy, while the malignant character of Serena, who projects a “stark unflinching certainty” about her actions, propels his finely paced story”
Ron Rash is an award-winning poet, short-story writer and novelist. He is the author of several short story collections and novels, including Burning Bright and The Cove. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains, USA.