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Above the Waterfall: A Novel
by Ron Rash

Published: 2015-09-08
Hardcover : 272 pages
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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, a long-time sheriff just three-weeks from retirement, contends with the ravages of crystal meth and ...

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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, a 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.

Echoing the heartbreaking beauty of William Faulkner and the spiritual isolation of Carson McCullers, Above the Waterfall demonstrates once again the prodigious talent of “a gorgeous, brutal writer” (Richard Price) hailed as “one of the great American authors at work today” (Janet Maslin, New York Times).

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Was the author's style of two alternating narrators successful or confusing. Rash is a poet, how did that affect his writing style?
Themes to discuss universality of problems, drugs, guilt, past lives informing present.
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by BittyBella (see profile) 01/25/17

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by ebach (see profile) 10/31/19

ABOVE THE WATERFALL is a literary mystery, above all, literary. It is a character-driven novel with plot. It is poetic, especially in its descriptions of the natural setting in which most of... (read more)

 
by itsdingee (see profile) 07/11/17

 
  "Above the Waterfall"by BittyBella (see profile) 01/25/17

Through the views of two alternating narrators the reader learns about the backstories of a poetic park ranger and the soon to retire local sheriff as they deal with a crime at the local fishing resort.... (read more)

 
by LoveOfBooks (see profile) 09/30/16

 
  "Above the Waterfall"by joanshowers (see profile) 04/13/16

I don't want to be too negative about Ron Rash's newest book. It just didn't ignite the spark that we were all looking for.

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