Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestseller Serena and Above the Waterfall, in addition to four prizewinning novels, including The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and six collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.
"Crime, with its violence, threads through the butcher's-dozen of
stories in the author's masterly 14th book, Nothing Gold Can
Stay, as inexorably as it winds through the problematic lives
of his Appalachian-dwelling characters."--Wall Street Journal
"Nothing Gold Can Stay is a gripping collection, raw and real, that solidifies Rash as a powerful and imaginative storyteller."--Kansas City Star
"Ron Rash's Nothing Gold Can Stay is [his] best book since Serena. Excitingly versatile. . . The stories are united by clean, tough specificity, courtly backwoods diction, and a capacity for sending shivers. (Alfred Hitchcock would have loved the story 'A Sort of Miracle')."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Violence-streaked stories that comprise another fine collection from [Ron] Rash...his oneness with the region and its people makes an indelible impression."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)