Rash delivers elegant writing, narrative twists

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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013 12:00 am

When a prisoner on a chain gang is sent to the nearest farmhouse to fetch water in the backwoods of North Carolina, author Ron Rash sets the scene for a sterling collection of short stories in “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” They span a range of years and an even wider range of emotions.

Rash’s 14 stories are broken into three sections and set in a variety of eras and places. He introduces a would-be hippie in the 1960s; college-bound sweethearts of today and their sad evolution into meth-heads; and a spare but touching tale of the working-class parents of a young woman serving in Afghanistan.

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