Friday, February 13, 2009


Author:  Ron Rash
Genre:  Short Story Collection
Published:  2007
Personal Rating:  4.5/5
Yearly Count:  22

This collection contains 13 short stories with 1 being longer than the others.  They all contain fantastic characters in a multitude of different situations, which are all settled in the South.  Ron Rash has a very distinctive style and one that captivated me every time.  Even though my personal ratings of the individual stories do not average a 4.5 (chalking that up to my lack of experience in reading and rating short stories), I think this collection on a whole is terrific and it deserves a place on my Best Reads of 2009 list.  

Here are the titles (linked to my thoughts) of the 13 short stories:


  1. This sounds like a wonderful collection. I added it to my TBR.

  2. Teddy Rose ~ I really enjoyed it, Teddy. I hope you do, too. :)

  3. Wow, Joy! That's high praise. Did you listen or read?

    I've been thinking a lot about my lack of enjoyment of this form and wondered if it had anything to do with gender of the author. I haven't liked most of them and a few were by favorite authors! I've read mostly collections by men. I think the Lahiri was the first by a female. I want to read Eliz. Berg's recent collection.

    I'll put this one on my list for future reading.

  4. Mary ~ I read it over many, many months. I decided to have a short story collection available for when I felt like reading one. :) The second half of the book came quicker because I never intended it to linger so long.

    I hate to deter you, but I'm not sure you would really enjoy this collection, Mary. Most of the stories have male characters, male activities (not that female's don't do them, too), and they are written by a male. It doesn't sound like this is what you are looking for. Having an interest in Southern fiction is definitely a prerequisite, though.


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