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Chemistry and Other Stories

Ron Rash

Picador

Ron Rash's stories span the entire twentieth century in Appalachia, where rural communities struggle with the arrival of a new era.
 
Three old men stalk the shadow of a giant fish, though no one else believes it exists. A son watches as his father takes up scuba diving in the town reservoir to fight off depression. A grieving mother leads a surveyor into the woods to find and name the county where thieves murdered her son so she can inscribe his death in the family bible.
 
In this Appalachia, the collision of the old and new south, of antique and modern, resonate with the power of timeworn reginal lore.

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CHEMISTRY AND OTHER STORIES
Their Ancient, Glittering EyesBecause they were boys, no one believed them, including the old men who gathered each morning at the Riverside Gas and Grocery. These retirees huddled by the potbellied stove in rain and cold, on clear days sunning out front like reptiles. The store's middle-aged owner, Cedric Henson, endured the trio's presence with a resigned equanimity. When he'd bought the store five years earlier, Cedric assumed they were part of the purchase price, in that way no different from the leaky roof and the submerged basement whenever the Tuckaseegee overspilled
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Praise for Ron Rash:
 
"A major Southern writer . . . The World Made Straight reminds us of the sort of compelling literature a brave artist can fashion from the shards of such experience."--Los Angeles Times
 
"Captivating . . . His clear, concise prose and regional voice add an authentic veneer to this rich tableau of Southern life."--Entertainment Weekly on Saints at the River
 
"Ron Rash writes like a prince."--Pat Conroy

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  • Ron Rash

  • Ron Rash is the author of the novels One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight as well as three collections of poetry and two of short stories. He teaches at Western Carolina State University.
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