Please join us for our first VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT
with Ron Rash. Of course, we’d have preferred to welcome Ron in person, but that’s not possible this year.
Why are we excited about this book? Because along with the short stories, In the Valley contains a novella that continues the story of Serena.
This collection of nine short stories and a novella features the return of the ruthless Serena Pemberton, a character introduced in Rash's Serena, published in 2008 and a PEN/Faulkner finalist. Rash's readers will recognize the themes here--family honor and pride, generational change, wounds of the past, hard living, and cruelty--but while the stories are familiar, they are also uniquely new and fresh. This is undoubtedly the work of a short story author of remarkable skill who cares for the South, in all its complexities. The title novella is so gripping and at times horrifying that it explains why Rash chose to return to Serena Pemberton. She is an unforgettable character. Rash's writing is never easy, but it is also lovely, moving, and rich in history and culture, just like the Appalachian region it so beautifully captures. Highly recommended for both those just discovering Rash and for returning readers.Would you like an invitation?
Just come in and purchase the book by Saturday, August 23. Then, give us your email address and download the ZOOM app on your electronic devise. We’ll email you the link to join the event. Since Ron won’t be here to sign books, each book will have a hand signed bookplate. There will be a time for questions the end of the reading.