Chemistry and Other Stories

Ron Rash

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‘As good as any modern fiction you will read this year’ Sunday Times, Best new short story collectionsA wife compulsively digs in her garden. Two brothers, long estranged, reunite for a terse, heady summer. A woman flies to Krakow to see her adult son. At dusk, a teenage girl pushes her dying mother out into the sea. A small boy sits on his own in the cinema, entranced by the cowboys who light up the screen.With these short stories, Tim Pears illuminates a series of blazing moments in quiet lives – the tragic, strange, funny and beautiful fragments that make and unmake us – and shines a light into the gulfs that lie between us and those who should know us best.

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ISBN – 9781526623379
Publication Date – 24/06/2021
Categories – General Fiction

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Ron Rash
In the Valley Stories and a Novella Based on SERENA

From the New York Times bestselling, award-winning writer of Serena

\”One of the great American authors at work today\” (The New York Times) gives us a short story collection of haunting allegories about the times we live in–from the perils of capitalism to the extraordinary acts of decency and heroism that exist within them–and the return of the villainess who propelled& Rash’s famed Serena to national acclaim.

Ron Rash has long been a revered presence in the landscape of American letters. A virtuosic novelist, poet, and story writer, he evokes the beauty and brutality of the land, the relentless tension between past and present, and the unquenchable human desire to be a little bit better than circumstances would seem to allow.

In these ten stories, Rash, \”a gorgeous, brutal writer\” (Richard Price) working at the height of his powers, has created a mesmerizing look at the imperfect world around us, from the severing of ties to the natural world in the relentless hunt for profit to the destruction of body and soul with pills meant to mute our pain.
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Rash’s stories are unforgettable–\”Baptism\” was chosen by Roxane Gay for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2018, and \”Neighbors\” was selected by Jonathan Lethem for The Best American Mystery Stories 2019. And in revisiting Serena Pemberton, Rash updates his bestselling parable of greed run amok as his deliciously vindictive heroine returns to the North Carolina wilderness she left scarred and desecrated to make one final effort to kill the child that threatens all she has accomplished.
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