Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories

by Ron Rash
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Nothing Gold Can Stay 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
“I’d fish until it was neither day nor night, but balanced between. There never seemed to be a breeze, pond and shore equally smoothed. Just stillness, as though the world had taken a soft breath, and was holding it in, and even time had leveled out, moving neither forward nor back. Then the frogs and crickets waiting for full dark announced themselves, or a breeze came up and I again heard the slosh of water against land” Nothing Gold Can Stay is an omnibus of fourteen short stories by American author, Ron Rash. Ranging from the time of the Civil War through to the present day, the stories occur in a feast of Appalachian settings: Tennessee mountains, small town, a river between Georgia and South Carolina, a casino, a farm near the Tennessee border, a college campus, a slope in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a derelict old house, a pond and more. Rash is a consummate storyteller who gives his reader a marvellous cast of characters: a prison trusty on a road gang, a desperate pair of drug addicts, a diver called in to recover a body, a debt-weary couple hoping for good luck, a pair of black fugitives, an Englishman with an interest in ballads, a father worried for his daughter serving in the Middle East, a husband fed up with his Florida in-laws, a mountain boy with a chance at a better life, a sixteen-year-old girl wishing for a more exciting life, a nineteenth century pastor who takes a drastic step to help a young couple, a grocery store manager prompted to recall an encounter in his teens, a night-time radio DJ and a retired veterinarian. The stories are filled with twists, amusing plays on language and accent, black humour, irony and, of course, beautiful prose. Rash will cause the reader to think about deception, theft, loyalty, feuds, gambling, hopelessness, revenge, physical beauty and ageing. Rash’s love of the Appalachian setting is apparent in every paragraph: “He stood there in the late-afternoon light, absorbing the valley’s expansiveness after days in the mountains. The land rippled out and appeared to reach all the way to where the sun and earth merged”. Rash’s stories are pure gold. 4.5 stars
Delphimo 3 months ago
In Nothing Gold Can Stay, Ron Rash delivers short stories from after the Civil War to current times in the North Carolina mountains. The stories portray the hardness of life and the many choices that every individual must make in life. The stories portray all different levels of society, but most center on the struggling farmer. The reader sees men with hardened prejudice that only an eye for an eye judgment gives retribution. Ron Rash does not give a clear ending to each story, and the reader can only assume the true course of the ending. Each story vividly describes the people and setting. But as a reader, I am not a fan of the short story which I feel just begins to come to life when the story has ended and leaving the reader stranded in uncertainty.
Delphimo 3 months ago
In Nothing Gold Can Stay, Ron Rash delivers short stories from after the Civil War to current times in the North Carolina mountains. The stories portray the hardness of life and the many choices that every individual must make in life. The stories portray all different levels of society, but most center on the struggling farmer. The reader sees men with hardened prejudice that only an eye for an eye judgment gives retribution. Ron Rash does not give a clear ending to each story, and the reader can only assume the true course of the ending. Each story vividly describes the people and setting. But as a reader, I am not a fan of the short story which I feel just begins to come to life when the story has ended and leaving the reader stranded in uncertainty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sent this to a friend in the Sonoma County Jail. He couldn't put it down and now it is making the rounds with the other inmates. They are all discussing it in detail - the characters, the challenges, the outcomes. The stories are disturbing but have had a profound effect on them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ignore the one star reviews, this collection of short stories is worthy of more. Ron Rash once again displays his keen understanding of the Appalachian setting and the people that live there. Quotes like, "Stick with me and you'll be riding the cushions," exemplify Rash's keen understanding of the local dialect. With stories ranging from the Civil War to the 21st century, with characters from convicts to pastors, and plot twists abound, anyone who loves to read should pick up this book. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Provocative stories make you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading 4 of the short stories, I gave up. The stories were disjointed and the characters were not developed enough. Not worth my time.