Something Rich and Strange

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From the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of Serena and The Cove, thirty-four of his finest short stories, collected in one volume

No one captures the complexities of Appalchia—a rugged, brutal landscape of exquisite beauty—as evocatively and indelibly as author and poet Ron Rash. Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, two O. Henry prizes, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Rash brilliantly illuminates the tensions between the traditional and the modern, the old and the new south, tenderness and violence, man and nature. Though his focus is regional, the themes of Rash's work are universal, striking an emotional chord that resonates deep within each of our lives.

Something Rich and Strange showcases this acclaimed master's artistry and craftsmanship in thirty-two stories culled from previously published collections and two available for the first time in book form: "Outlaws" and "Shiloh." Each work of short fiction demonstrates Rash's dazzling ability to evoke the heart and soul of this land and its people—men and women inexorably tethered to the geography that defines and shapes them. Filled with suspense and myth, hope and heartbreak, and told in language that flows like "shimmering, liquid poetry" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Something Rich and Strange is an iconic work from an American literary virtuoso.


  • 001 Something Rich and Strange

    Duration: 44s
  • 002 Hard Times

    Duration: 24min
  • 003 Three AM and the Stars Were Out

    Duration: 20min
  • 004 The Ascent

    Duration: 23min
  • 005 Night Hawks

    Duration: 25min
  • 006 The Trusty

    Duration: 38min
  • 007 Back of Beyond

    Duration: 37min
  • 008 Lincolnites

    Duration: 20min
  • 009 Into The Gorge

    Duration: 30min
  • 010 Return

    Duration: 12min
  • 011 Waiting for the End of the World

    Duration: 15min
  • 012 Burning Bright

    Duration: 27min
  • 013 The Woman Who Believed in Jaguars

    Duration: 25min
  • 014 Where the Map Ends

    Duration: 24min
  • 015 Those Who Are Dead Are Only Now Forgiven

    Duration: 26min
  • 016 Their Ancient, Glittering Eyes

    Duration: 40min
  • 017 Falling Star

    Duration: 16min
  • 018 The Magic Bus

    Duration: 39min
  • 019 Something Rich and Strange

    Duration: 12min
  • 020 The Dowry

    Duration: 33min
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