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Author: Ron Rash Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2020 ISBN: 9780593212660
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From bestselling and award-winning writer Ron Rash, called “one of the great American authors at work today” by the New York Times, comes a collection of ten searing stories and the return of the villainess who propelled Serena to national acclaim, in a long-awaited novella.

In these ten stories, Rash spins a haunting allegory of the times we live in—rampant capitalism, the severing of ties to the natural world in the relentless hunt for profit, the destruction of body and soul with pills meant to mute our pain—and yet within this world he illuminates acts of extraordinary decency and heroism.

Two of the stories have already been singled out for accolades: “Baptism” was chosen for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2018, and “Neighbors” was selected 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.

Ron Rash, working at the height of his powers, has created another mesmerizing look at the imperfect world around us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rash is expert at revealing the sword of vengeance’s double edge.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • "[A] lyrical, atmospheric collection, with its strong sense of place.”

    Booklist (starred review)
  • "In the Valley takes Serena to such a fever pitch of destruction…Haunting and darkly funny.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Rash’s spectacular stories may originate in the peculiar soil of Appalachia, but their reach and their rewards are vast.”


  • “Rash describes the vulnerabilities, fears, and desires of his characters and shows how often they unite persons from vastly different walks of life and social strata.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Highly recommended not only for readers who value protecting our environment but also for anyone who enjoys well-told stories of justice and revenge.”

  • “At turns dark, craggy, and heart-wrenching…just like the Appalachian region it so beautiful captures.”

    Library Journal
  • A Booklist Pick of the Week's Best New Books

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About the Author

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena. His other works include One Foot in EdenSaints at the River, and The World Made Straight, as well as numerous short story collections and three collections of poems. Chemistry, and Other Stories was a finalist for the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award, and he has received the O. Henry Prize twice. Rash currently teaches at Western Carolina University.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini, an American actor, director, film producer, and award–winning narrator. He has won several Audie Awards for best narration, including for 2019’s Best Male Narrator of the Year, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, from classics to modern masters, from bestsellers to the inspirational, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to spine-tingling series, and much more. In television and film, he is best known for his roles in The Sopranos, 24, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dinner Rush and Romeo Must Die. He is also trained in theater and continues to do much work on stage.