Burning Bright by Ron Rash

Burning Bright by Ron Rash

Ecco, New York, 2010

Borrowed from the library.

I do not often read short stories and am not sure how to review them.  Last year I read Ron Rash’s novel, Serena, and loved it.  When I saw this collection on the new book shelf at the library I had to pick it up and bring it home.

This collection ranges through time from the Civil War era to the present.  Rash writes in pared down language,  clear and crisp as a mountain stream.  The stories are based in the  landscape of Appalachia and filled with the people who are part of that landscape, so much a part that they often can not leave, even if they want to.

Poverty, drugs and violence run through many of these stories, but the characters show a strength that has to do with long history, love of family and love of place.  Some are disturbing, some are lyrically beautiful.  This is wonderful collection.


Filed under Review, Stories, StoryCollection

5 responses to “Burning Bright by Ron Rash

  1. I agree, short story collections are incredibly difficult to review.

  2. I think you did just fine talking about this collection. It sounds like a good one!

    • Thanks JoAnn! Have you reviewed and story collections?

      • Most of the time, I’ll pull a story out of a collection and feature it for a Short Story Monday post. It is hard to review a collection, but I have written about Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth and Interpreter of Maladies, and a few others. Olive Kitteridge was the easiest, since the stories are linked.

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