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Burning Bright is a stunning collection of short stories by American poet, short story writer and novelist Ron Rash. These raw and moving short stories are set in Appalachia and portray life in America through historical and contemporary stories. All are exceptional, but several stand out such as ‘Lincolnites’ which tells the story of Lily, a Lincoln sympathiser in Confederate territory and ‘The Ascent’ telling the tale of Jared who at eleven years old deals with his parents hooked on drugs.

Ron Rash is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies, though an unknown author here in the UK. Hopefully this book of short stories will introduce him to this audience.

Canongate/paperback/£12.99/9780857861177

Sheila O’Reilly

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