Above the Waterfall

Above the Waterfall

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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In this poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia, New York TimesNew York TimesAbove the Waterfall is a breathtaking achievement from a literary virtuoso.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
ISBN: 9780062349330
0062349333
Characteristics: text file,rda
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DBRL_IdaF May 08, 2017

Les is an about-to-retire sheriff in an Appalachian community. Becky is a park ranger who is new to the area and finds refuge from a traumatic past in the North Carolina mountains. Together, the two of them investigate the poisoning of a local trout stream. In the process, they must deal with generations-long grudges and alliances among the locals, as well as their own pasts and current flaws. The meth epidemic, something familiar to this Missouri girl, is almost a character itself.

The story is told in alternating points of view, with Les's voice being down-to-earth, straight narrative and practical. Meanwhile, Becky's passages are more stream-of-consciousness, laden with images from the woods and streams.

Rash employs poetic use of language and creates richly layered characters. There were a couple of minor editorial inconsistencies in this novel, but they are worth overlooking for the larger story.

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michgree
Jul 26, 2016

This story encapsulates the journey through grief of its two main characters. I liked how the book ended and especially liked the sheriff's basic goodness.

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mblummichaels
Jan 19, 2016

only redeeming feature was its brevity. Prose was fine, but i had the impression that this was written only to have a new title published.

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