Burning Bright by Ron Rash
Stories

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Rash writes well about the bonds between children and parents and, in particular, the pain that ensues when they are severed or corrupted.
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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.
 

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Ron Rash's Burning Bright won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. "Into the Gorge" garnered a second O. Henry Prize for Rash, and, along with "The Ascent," was selected for the Best American Short Stories series. Those stories and "Back of Beyond" were also selected for the Best New Stories from the South series. Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and three collections of stories, among them Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. He teaches at Western Carolina University.
 
Published February 20, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 225 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Aug 14 2012

This collection...features a hollowed-eyed cast of trailer-dwellers, struggling farmers and unemployed construction workers, stunted by poverty and addiction to crystal meth.

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Reviewed by William Skidelsky on Aug 04 2012

Rash writes well about the bonds between children and parents and, in particular, the pain that ensues when they are severed or corrupted.

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