Winner of the 2010 Frank O’Connor Award, BURNING BRIGHT confirms Ron Rash ‘could sit comfortably beside Cormac McCarthy on any bookshelf’ (Guardian)
A FARMER and his wife fall on hard times. They haven’t lost everything the way others have, but they have lost enough. Their hope for a better future comes under threat when they discover an intruder on their land.
A WOMAN from a small town marries an outsider. Her love for him battles with her suspicions that he is the source of the fires ravaging the mountains.
A YOUNG BOY, neglected by his parents, sits in the remains of a crashed plane and lovingly tends to two frozen bodies.
These remarkable stories and many more can be found in Burning Bright, an award-winning collection that captures the complexities of a place and conjures characters that will burn bright in your mind long after you have finished reading.
“The dozen stories [in Burning Bright]…have led to justifiable comparisons with Raymond Carver and Cormac McCarthy. … These are tales that put you in another place, another kind of life. Recommended”
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“Rash tells great stories, raw and powerful, but he is above all, an instinctive writer. These narratives, whether told in his laconic first person, or in a detached third-person voice, are well served by his flawless use of language. Every word carries meaning and intent … Rash possesses a realist’s vision that resounds with truth”
“Rash’s prose is at once strong and supple, masculine and poetic, and lit up by a wealth of precise physical detail. … His power of conveying landscape is exemplary, and he has a sure understanding of the measure and constraints of the short-story form”
“An exciting collection of short stories … delivered with such a surety of hand and such a considered distillation of the human spirit as to warrant the comparisons to Faulkner and Carver”
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“Technically absolutely beautiful - incredibly well-wrought…[Rash] is a real storyteller, a real craftsman.”
judge Of The Frank O’connor Short Story Award And Books Editor Of The Sunday Business Post
Ron Rash is an award-winning poet, short-story writer and novelist. He is the author of several story collections and novels, including Serena, a New York Times Bestseller, and The Cove, also published by Canongate. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains, USA.