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By Ron Rash

During this poetic and haunting story set in modern Appalachia, long island occasions bestselling writer Ron Rash illuminates lives formed by means of violence and a strong connection to the land.

Les, a long-time sheriff simply 3 weeks from retirement, contends with the ravages of crystal meth and his personal duplicity in his small Appalachian town.

Becky, a park ranger with a harrowing earlier, unearths solace amid the lyrical great thing about this patch of North Carolina.

Enduring the errors and tragedies that experience indelibly marked them, they're drawn jointly through a reverence for the flora and fauna. while an irascible aged neighborhood is accused of poisoning a trout circulate, Les and Becky are plunged into deep and hazardous waters, compelled to navigate currents of disillusionment and betrayal that might strength them to query themselves and try out their tentative bond—and threaten to hold them over the edge.

Echoing the heartbreaking fantastic thing about William Faulkner and the non secular isolation of Carson McCullers, Above the Waterfall demonstrates once more the prodigious expertise of 'one of the good American authors at paintings today' (Janet Maslin, long island Times).

Ron Rash has lengthy been a seriously acclaimed author, yet his 7th e-book, Serena, catapulted him to new heights: it garnered rave studies and have become a brand new York instances bestseller. A PEN/Faulkner finalist for Serena, Rash is usually a recipient of the O Henry Prize and winner of the 2011 Frank O’Connor Award for Burning vivid, a set of brief tales. His different paintings contains the novels One Foot in Eden and The Cove, and one other brief tale assortment, not anything Gold Can remain. Ron Rash teaches at Western Carolina college and lives within the Appalachian Mountains, South Carolina. His most recent publication is Above the Waterfall.

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Jason. Did I betray myself to him£ No. There was a moment, a fleeting, seductive moment, but I kept quiet. Yes I did, I kept quiet. Jason was waiting for me, I hadn't reckoned on that, I still don't know him completely, I've avoided knowing him completely be­ cause it wasn't important to me anymore— a convenient but danger­ ous omission. Instead of sparing no effort to anticipate his every impulse, I afforded myself the luxury of indifference; otherwise I would have realized that the mixture of triumph and humiliation he'd experienced at the King's banquet table would arouse his desire to such a point that only I could satisfy it, not any of the palace girls, ready and willing though they are.

No. I was the only one w ith a premonition of evil, because I knew how suspiciously Father regarded these guests. The only one except for you, Mother. You didn't need any new reasons for gloomy premonitions. You knew the King. I had to deal with the father inside of me: You shall not betray me, m y daughter. I knew that Jason wanted the Fleece. I knew that the King didn't want to give it to him. I didn't ask w hy not. M y duty was to help Father render this man harmless, no matter what the price.

The serpent. I still dream about it. The Colchian monster-snake that wrapped its monstrous length around the trunk of the oak tree. I see it in my dreams the way my men describe it: three-headed, as thick as the tree trunk, and, it goes without saying, spewing fire. I reserve my opinion on these points, it may be that I failed to notice some details in my battle-frenzy, and the Corinthians want to be told that in the wild east the beasts, too, are horrifying and uncon­ trollable, and they shudder when you tell them the Colchians kept snakes by their hearths as household gods and fed them w ith milk and honey.

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