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Author Ron Rash to speak at library

on Wednesday, 14 October 2015. Posted in Good life, Arts & Culture

Ron Rash will present his new book, “Above the Waterfall,” at the Florence County Library on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. In this poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia, New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash illuminates lives shaped by violence and a powerful connection to the land.

Les, long-time sheriff just three-weeks from retirement, contends with the ravages of crystal meth and his own duplicity in his small Appalachian town. Becky, a park ranger with a harrowing past, finds solace amid the lyrical beauty of this patch of North Carolina. Enduring the mistakes and tragedies that have indelibly marked them, they are drawn together by a reverence for the natural world.

When an irascible elderly local is accused of poisoning a trout stream, Les and Becky are plunged into deep and dangerous waters, forced to navigate currents of disillusionment and betrayal that will force them to question themselves and test their tentative bond – and threaten to carry them over the edge.

Ron Rash is the author of three prize-winning novels: “One Foot in Eden,” “Saints at the River,” and “The World Made Straight”; three collections of poems; and two collections of stories. A recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University. His book, “Serena” has been made into a movie titled the same name.

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