(Wednesday) 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
PEN / Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash discusses his latest
Rash has long been a revered presence in the landscape of American letters. A virtuosic novelist, poet, and story writer, he evokes the beauty and brutality of the land, the relentless tension between past and present, and the unquenchable human desire to be a little bit better than circumstances would seem to allow (to paraphrase Faulkner).
In these ten stories, Rash spins a haunting allegory of the times we live in — rampant capitalism, the severing of ties to the natural world in the relentless hunt for profit, the destruction of body and soul with pills meant to mute our pain — and yet within this world he illuminates acts of extraordinary decency and heroism. Two of the stories have already been singled out for accolades: “Baptism” was chosen by Roxane Gay for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2018, and “Neighbors” was selected by Jonathan Lethem for The Best American Mystery Stories 2019. And in revisiting Serena Pemberton, Rash updates his bestselling parable of greed run amok as his deliciously vindictive heroine returns to the North Carolina wilderness she left scarred and desecrated to make one final effort to kill the child that threatens all she has accomplished.
If you’re interested in purchasing a signed copy of Rash’s book, visit www.fiction-addiction.com. Fiction Addiction is located in Greenville, S.C. Every reader has different tastes and tastes may even change at different times in our life. Being Greenville’s oldest independent bookstore, their goal is to help you find the perfect read for this moment in time.
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