One Foot in Eden (2020)

One Foot in Eden Ron Rash One Foot in Eden Will Alexander is the sheriff in a small town in southern Appalachia and he knows that the local thug Holland Winchester has been murdered The only thing is the sheriff can find neither the body nor
  • Title: One Foot in Eden
  • Author: Ron Rash
  • ISBN: 9780312423056
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
One Foot in Eden Ron Rash Will Alexander is the sheriff in a small town in southern Appalachia, and he knows that the local thug Holland Winchester has been murdered The only thing is the sheriff can find neither the body nor someone to attest to the killing Simply, almost elementally told through the voices of the sheriff, a local farmer, his beautiful wife, their son, and the sheriff s deputy,Will Alexander is the sheriff in a small town in southern Appalachia, and he knows that the local thug Holland Winchester has been murdered The only thing is the sheriff can find neither the body nor someone to attest to the killing Simply, almost elementally told through the voices of the sheriff, a local farmer, his beautiful wife, their son, and the sheriff s deputy, One Foot in Eden signals the bellwether arrival of one the most mature and distinctive voices in southern literature.
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  1. Brina

    A year ago I read Ron Rash s Serena, a gritty southern historical novel featuring an evil, domineering protagonist often compared to Lady MacBeth Before Rash reached that point in his career, he was a renown creative writing and literature professor at Western Carolina University, where he still teaches In a group book swap, I recommended Rash s debut novel One Foot in Eden to a friend as a compelling summer read Intrigued by Rash s writing set in the Carolina backwoods I decided to read this no [...]

  2. Candi

    This was my first Ron Rash novel and I have to say I am very impressed It s a murder mystery, but a bit out of the ordinary as there is no body just an accusation by an elderly mother who claims her son has been killed Mrs Winchester is utterly convinced that she knows the identity of the perpetrator The problem is, despite the fact Holland Winchester just returned from the Korean War with a Gold Star, he s a known troublemaker in town and than likely only momma would be sorry to see him gone f [...]

  3. Dem

    One Foot in Eden a novel by Ron Rash is a wonderful and hauntingly beautiful novel A classic tale of passion and tragedy but so well written that it delivers on every sentence This is the type of book I love, a book that can bring its story, characters and setting to life Will Alexander is the sheriff in a small town in southern Appalachia, and he knows all that the local thug Holland Winchester has been murdered The only thing is the Sherriff can find neither the body nor someone to attest to t [...]

  4. Lawyer

    One Foot in Eden A Child May AskOne Foot in Eden by Ron Rash was chosen by members of On the Southern Literary Trail as a group read for January, 2015 Special thanks to Diane Barnes, Co Moderator Miss Scarlett , On the Southern Literary Trail.January 16, 2015A child may ask, What is the world s story about And a grown man or woman may wonder, What way will the world go How does it end and, while we re at it, what s the story about I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one, tha [...]

  5. Connie

    Ron Rash s debut novel was so engaging that I could not put it down, and read it in one evening Although it involves a murder in 1950s Appalachian South Carolina, it is not a typical crime story A few bad decisions by basically good people have a domino effect leading to a series of tragic events.Holland Winchester s mother told Sheriff Will Alexander that her son has disappeared She heard gunshots and she was sure that Billy Holcombe murdered her son, but no body was found The book is narrated [...]

  6. Cathrine ☯️

    4 The Sheriff, the wife, the husband, the son, the deputy will all have their say so.Holland Winchester the local bad boy is missing Carolina Power s dam is about to drown Jocassee County where bodies will surface, some disappear, and at least one is waiting to be discovered.This is Ron Rash s first novel I had to buy a copy because it is not in our library system I cannot figure that Any fan of the author or genre should not miss it For some, this short novel may be a slow start, though it wasn [...]

  7. karen

    at first, i was afraid i wouldnt like this book the first few pages were flawed flawed i say it made me sad because i loved serena so much, and i was scared that this one wouldnt live up to that standard but then it got much better, although i have to get out of this region, because the last few books i have read have taken place in the same general area, and they are blurring a little in my mind i will definitely read from him, after i cleanse the palate of my brain.

  8. Irene

    A missing man, marital infidelity, the suspicion of a murder set in rural South Carolina in the mid 20th century, this story is told through 5 characters What I loved about this book was the use of dialect, rich colloquialisms created a vibrant sense of place The story gets 3 stars, the language gets 5 stars.

  9. LeAnne

    For me, Ron Rash s work is better than Faulkner s, and Im saying that not for his massive collected works of poetry, short stories, and novels but just for this first debut novel of his To me, he is that good.The setting is a small town in an Appalachian valley and mostly takes place during the time period before it was to be flooded for an electric dam project Family farms and businesses are about to be taken by the government, and the citizens are gradually forced to evacuate It is a time of d [...]

  10. Camie

    This beautifully written story is essentially about good and evil and as the cover states, passion and tragedy Voiced in 5 parts the high sheriff , the wife Amy , the husband Billy , the son Issac , and the sheriff s deputy , the passion and tragedy were easily placed , but it leaves one wondering where exactly to assign the the good and the evil The winner of The Appalachain Book Of The Year in 2002, this is my first read by Ron Rash , which I ve been told is not his finest work, hard to imagin [...]

  11. Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Quick read, read it in one evening I kept feeling like I had read it before, but I can t figure out if I have although I ve been tracking my reading since before it was published or if it is similar in theme and structure to a novel I read by Wiley Cash last year Appalachian farming, multiple narrators, an important river It feels familiar, anyway Maybe part of that is the setting, just a few counties over in Oconee County, in an area that was covered up by the creation of Lake Jocassee I liked [...]

  12. Diane Barnes

    Well, besides being able to create beautiful prose in a very authentic language spoken by country people, Ron Rash also knows how to tell a story I could have been one of those reviewers who read the book in one night, if my eyes and body had cooperated with me Alas, it took me longer, but I did finish in a marathon read this afternoon Suspense, character development, old words recognized and appreciated by this reader, multiple narrators all went to make this an incredible read This was Rash s [...]

  13. Shaun

    My third Rash novel though his debut , I m starting to see a real pattern in Rash s storytelling In addition to falling in the Southern Gothic genre with all that represents, nature is also a common theme in his books, to the point that it almost becomes another character.Told in multiple first person points of view, One Foot in Eden is a murder mystery of sorts that s not so much a who done it as a how done it and why done it With each new point of view a different layer of the story is reveale [...]

  14. Carol

    A sad, but very good crime novel set in 1950 s rural North Carolina The 1st crime instigated by an old wise woman witch leads to the 2nd crime told through the voices of five characters in this short 200 page novel.Great book Looking forward to reading Ron Rash s Serena.

  15. jo

    you know, i m on a tear after reading A Land More Kind Than Home A Novel i decided i d spend the rest of my life reading books set in appalachia i ve taken many life decisions before and i haven t kept a single one, so draw your conclusion still, this is heady stuff both the Wiley Cash book and this, ron rash s first novel, have a way with language that is simply intoxicating partly it s the dialect there are sentences in this books, complete paragraphs really, that are pure gold mostly when bil [...]

  16. Jenny

    One of the most well crafted books I ve read in ages Gripping plot, well drawn characters, lyrical prose When a poet starts writing fiction, you just have to stand back and watch.

  17. Horace Derwent

    i m now reading the paper back edition with this cover, released by Text Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, 2002, 29.95 AUSD

  18. Erin

    I read this book in one sitting, over 5 hours, cover to cover It was so amazing I m now a full on Ron Rash fan His language, his sense of place, his ability to paint a complete picture in relatively few words of a town, its people, its time, are absolutely wonderful I had no idea what I was missing A beautiful Southern writer with a pared down, clear voice The book alternates from 5 points of view around a murder in a small South Carolina town in the 50s the sheriff, the wife of a happily marrie [...]

  19. Nick

    For the last 50 pages alone, this book should probably get 5 stars The middle narrative, still strong, just didn t resonate as much as the rest of the novel.Great book Like the jacket will tell you, equal parts vintage crime novel with southern gothic fiction thrown in for good measure I wanted to think Ron Rash as Cormac McCarthy lite, but that would be inaccurate His writing is pensive, plaintive His writing is thoughtful, clear as can be, like a natural oral story teller.Recommended Soundtra [...]

  20. Paul Lockman

    What a terrific debut novel 4.5 stars I will definitely get into Ron Rash in the not too distant future A murder mystery that poses an interesting question, can you get away with killing someone and raising his child, all the time pretending that you are the father I enjoyed the way the story unfolded and was told from the perspective of many different people involved and I thought the character development was really strong and authentic The book transports us back to the 1950s and 1960s in th [...]

  21. Kirk Smith

    A murderous tale rendered beautifully Multiple points of view and the author s slow unveiling of details really add to the suspense I seldom even think of the books I am reading when I am at my job, it generally takes all of my focus and attention This book however had me not just thinking of it, but in fact I was so intrigued to learn the rest of the story that I found myself plotting plausible reasons to leave work midafternoon to be back home reading again Outstanding storytelling by Rash, I [...]

  22. Josh

    I was learning that leaving a place wasn t as easy as packing up and getting out You carried part of it with you whether you wanted to or not That pretty much sums up all the story components found in this one whether that be directed at the places, people, circumstances, loves, hates, family ties, or occupations Rash can draw it all to one little quote, hidden in one little paragraph, on one obscure page, but I think that s where he was guiding me all along He blends Appalachian Firefox with wi [...]

  23. B. R. Reed

    I was looking for a good writer, an intelligent and thoughtful writer, who wrote about the mountain south I found him in Ron Rash One Foot in Eden was my first Ron Rash book and I have since read three of his books and two volumes of his short stories Rash is a native of the NC SC mountains and currently teaches creative writing at Western Carolina U He writes about the people of the southern Appalachians and he does it well I recommend him to all of my friends and book store people Rash is in [...]

  24. Connie (Ava Catherine)

    I enjoyed One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash, which is his first novel I have read and enjoyed several of his novels, but just overlooked this one until now Set in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1950s, the backdrop of the novel is the imminent flooding of the Jocasssee Valley to create the new Carolina Power Dam Southern adherence to tradition and the march of progress, therefore, come into direct conflict Ron Rash describes this in horrifying detail in the way local graveyards are relocated by auth [...]

  25. Laura

    I would think if you were a southern author and read this book you would be jealous Rash s debut novel is a wonderful read It s eerie, it s suspenseful, and it s southern gothic at its best I loved how he broke the story into so many points of view Rash is a fantastic writer that does southern lit justice I like how in this book and in Serena he uses the land to show the hardships the Carolina people are exposed to He has a way with story telling.

  26. Pamela

    When deep summer comes and the Dog Star raises with the morning sun, the land can scab up and a man watch his spring crop wrinkle brown like something on fire It s the season snakes go blind Their eyeballs coat over like pearls and they get mean Ron Rash an author every connoisseur of literary quality southern fiction, grit lit and or Appalachian culture should read One Foot in Eden was his debut novel, and my first to read as well How I had overlooked this phenomenal writer is perplexing Fourte [...]

  27. Caroline Picard

    Last Christmas I went down south, for the first time to South Carolina There I stayed with a wonderful couple of artists who have, as artist so often do, carved out a remarkable life in the Greenville Greenville is a small city with a burgeoning and quaint downtown, what was once dilapidated and run down with the sleepy charm of Southern history Places like these benefit from the cyclical spread of rejuvenation gentrification, if only because the historical buildings are preserved against any ha [...]

  28. Larry Bassett

    This is Ron Rash s debut novel published in 2002 As far as stories go, it is my least favorite of the several I have read But I think I will probably read everything by Rash eventually I am hooked But this book only gets 3 stars from me The religious overtone and nineteen year old Amy seducing the neighbor war hero to get pregnant when her husband is sterile are parts of the book that are a bit much for me to take easily without penalty But there are plenty of good sentences and pages and paragr [...]

  29. Glenda

    This is a tale of murder and its devastating effect on a small Appalachian town in the 1950s When Holland Winchester, local troublemaker in tiny Seneca, S.C vanishes without a trace, it s up to town sheriff Will Alexander to search for answers Holland s mother claims to have heard a gunshot and she insists that neighbor Billy Holcombe killed her son But the sheriff can t find a body or any evidence to convict a killer The mystery is slowly revealed as we hear from five different narrators Sherif [...]

  30. Kiwi Begs2Differ✎

    A murder mystery with wonderful characterization and strong sense of place I loved the writer s style and enjoyed the story even if I didn t like the ending at all I felt that the book should have stopped with the husband s POV in part three and for this reason I give it a four star rating instead of a five This is my first Ron Rash s book but it certainly will not be not my last If you like Southern Gothic, you ll like this Favourite quote This must be the way you get when your job is to deal w [...]

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