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The following author biography and list of questions about Saints at the River are intended as resources to aid individual readers and book groups who would like to learn more about the author and this novel. We hope that this guide will provide you a starting place for discussion and suggest a variety of perspectives from which you might approach Saints at the River.
About the Book
When a twelve-year-old girl drowns in the Tamassee River and her body is trapped in a deep eddy, the people of the small South Carolina town that bears the river's name are thrown into the national spotlight. The girl's parents want to attempt a rescue of the body; environmentalists are convinced the rescue operation will cause permanent damage to the river and set a dangerous precedent. Torn between the two sides is Maggie Glenn, a twenty-eight-year-old newspaper photographer who grew up in the town and has been sent to document the incident. Since leaving home almost ten years ago, Maggie has done her best to avoid her father, but now, as the town's conflict opens old wounds, she finds herself revisiting the past she's fought so hard to leave behind.
“A compelling novel…Rash tells his story with subtlety and the best kind of empathy.”
-- The Wall Street Journal
"Captivating...Rash's clear, concise prose and regional voice add an authentic veneer to this rich tableau of Southern life."
-- Entertainment Weekly
"Ron Rash writes like a prince."
-- Pat Conroy
"Rash's clean prose and love for the land easily carry this book to its conclusion, providing readers with a powerful ending that is both surprising and well earned."
-- The Charlotte Observer
"If traditional, straightforward storytelling with fleshy characters and detail is your thing, allow Ron Rash to sweep you deep into the South Carolina wild."
-- Greensboro News & Record
"Rash beautifully captures the resulting emotions, which surge as powerfully as the river that wrought them."
-- Southern Living
"Gripping...Spare, resonant, unputdownable."
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Rich with nuance...Rash clearly knows the people and places he writes about, and that authenticity pays off in a conclusion that packs an unexpected and powerful punch."
-- Publishers Weekly
"From the first page to the last, the author's down-to-earth characters and rich descriptions of the backwoods carry readers through this emotionally charged story."
-- Library Journal (starred review)
"Appalachian dialects and Rash's lyrical description of this small Appalachian town create a strong sense of place, adding to his well-spoken plea against devastation caused by damning the nation's rivers."
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