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One Foot in Eden: A Novel de Ron Rash
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One Foot in Eden: A Novel (edició 2003)

de Ron Rash

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The year is 1951 and Holland Winchester, the local thug and a war veteran, has gone missing from his small, backwater South Carolina town. The local sheriff, Will Alexander, has a gut feeling Holland's been murdered but the sheriff can find neither the body nor the killer. He has his suspects but no evidence. And his suspects have their stories, their motives and their truths. But secrets can only stay buried so long. Told from the perspective of the sheriff, a local farmer, his wife, their son and the sheriff's deputy, One Foot in Edenexplores the crime, shifting suspicion, blame and guilt with each new voice. This brilliant southern gothic novel observes the consequences of love and murder across generations.… (més)
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Títol:One Foot in Eden: A Novel
Autors:Ron Rash
Informació:Picador (2003), Paperback, 214 pages
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Set in upstate South Carolina, Rash’s debut novel is as harsh and haunting as the landscape he writes about. The town troublemaker disappears and Sheriff Will Alexander knows in his bones that the man has been murdered but he can’t even find the body. Exploring ties to family, community, and the land, Rash’s book is perfectly atmospheric and relevant to me as a southern Appalachian woman with roots in the area going back many generations. ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Apr 20, 2021 |
My first Ron Rash book and it won't be my last! Quite the storyteller, really brings his characters to life - still thinking about some of them. Haunting tale, beautifully written. ( )
  carolfoisset | Apr 2, 2019 |
Ron Rash is a great writer, but the same story told from 5 different perspectives, just didn't do it for me. After the first one, I started skimming the others. Not Rash's fault, just a method that didn't interest me. ( )
  bjkelley | Jul 27, 2018 |
Billy and Amy Holcombe want a child badly even though months of trying have proved fruitless. Sheriff Alexander believes that a local mountain ruffian has been murdered however no body can be found.

This excellent example of Southern fiction and a tale of murder is told through a series of chapters, each one a different voice. One character that did not ha voice is the Appalachia setting. Ron Rash was so skilled in bring this northwestern South Carolina environs to life, I found myself walking its wooded hills and dales. This is my first Ron Rash novel read and it won't be my last. ( )
  John_Warner | Apr 26, 2018 |
In his first novel, poet and short-story writer Ron Rash gives us a story set in the 1950s in the mountainous western region of South Carolina, and told from multiple points of view. Army vet and local troublemaker Holland Winchester is known for his drinking and frequent punch-ups and run-ins with the law. He is well known, in particular, to Sherriff Will Alexander. The Sherriff has no fondness for Holland, but when Holland goes missing and Mrs. Winchester claims that her son has been murdered, he investigates with all the energy and enthusiasm he can muster. Gradually it comes out that Holland has been engaged in a dalliance with Amy Holcombe, the sultry young wife of subsistence farmer and Holland’s next-door neighbour Billy Holcombe. This is enough to convince the Sherriff of Billy’s guilt, but where is the proof, and—more importantly—where is the body? The story that Ron Rash fashions from this premise is brief but proceeds at a measured pace, as Sherriff Alexander asks questions and pokes his nose into everybody’s business, trying to trip them up and find out what they know. The novel is constructed in five short sections, each with a different narrator—the Sherriff, Amy Holcombe, Billy Holcombe, their son, and the Deputy—each of whom elucidates events from his or her own unique perspective. Though sufficiently entertaining, the novel hardly qualifies for the label of murder mystery and doesn’t generate much in the way of suspense. Characterization is sketchy, and there is a straightforward simplicity and even obviousness to much of the action that is occasionally reminiscent of literature written for young adults. But at the same time this uncomplicated tale of otherwise good people caught in a web of deceit carries significant moral weight. Ron Rash’s characters speak and narrate their sections in the plain-spoken vernacular one would expect from folks living in a rural backwater who make a scant living off the land. Overall the prose is tightly controlled, rarely waxing poetic, though the author’s reverence for the natural world is clear. One Foot in Eden may seem, upon reflection, to be somewhat underdeveloped, like a study for a major work that was never completed. But Ron Rash’s fictional voice is distinctive and compelling, and his first novel is a worthy if minor addition to the literature of the Southern United States. ( )
  icolford | Jul 8, 2017 |
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One foot in Eden still, I stand
And look across the other land.
The world's great day is growing late,
Yet strange these fields that we have planted
So long with crops of love and hate.

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The year is 1951 and Holland Winchester, the local thug and a war veteran, has gone missing from his small, backwater South Carolina town. The local sheriff, Will Alexander, has a gut feeling Holland's been murdered but the sheriff can find neither the body nor the killer. He has his suspects but no evidence. And his suspects have their stories, their motives and their truths. But secrets can only stay buried so long. Told from the perspective of the sheriff, a local farmer, his wife, their son and the sheriff's deputy, One Foot in Edenexplores the crime, shifting suspicion, blame and guilt with each new voice. This brilliant southern gothic novel observes the consequences of love and murder across generations.

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