Saints at the River

Saints at the River 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 sp
  • Title: Saints at the River
  • Author: Ron Rash
  • ISBN: 9780312424916
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • Saints at the River
    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 areconvinced the rescue operation will cause permanent damage to the river and set a dangerWhen 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 areconvinced 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 eightyear 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.
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    Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel, Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight three collections of poems and four collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN Faulkner Award Twice the recipient of the O.Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

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  • 3.5 Ron Rash has written a book about the deepest human themes the love of the land, the hold of the dead on the living, and the need to dive beneath the surface to arrive at a deeper truth I agree This is an earlier work by the author It opens with a haunting short story included in his superb collection Burning Bright about a little girl who wades out into a river and is swept away Based on a factual event, he weaves us another story pitting human desire against environmental concerns and chal [...]


  • Dear Ron,You re awesome You not only write beautiful and poetic prose but you actually seem to understand what makes people tick Your characters are so vivid, so real, so amazingly genuine, I feel as if I know them, intimately.And let me tell you, if I wasn t already happily married I might admit to having a huge crush on you because, honestly, any man who understands women or maybe just women like me the way you do makes a girl s heart go pitter patter Not only do you give us strong heroines bu [...]


  • I thought this book s plot was very interesting, but unfortunately it fell flat for me because character development was lacking greatly Maybe I m spoiled when it comes to character development because I love to read the classics, but I don t think my expectations are unreasonable By the end of the book I didn t feel like I knew a single one of the characters well Then again, every single character in the book was a flat, 2 dimensional character, so maybe not getting to know them wasn t so bad T [...]


  • I am on a Ron Rash reading binge This is his second novel and was published in 2004 Before his first novel in 2002 he had published poetry and short stories As a transplant from the North Michigan to the South Virginia , I am definitely a carpetbagger I live in the South to take advantage of the fine climate four seasons of three months each with relatively mild winters I live in a town that nurtured Jerry Falwell and is located in the Bible Belt I am an ethical humanist a polite term for atheis [...]


  • I was deeply moved by Saints at the River, a powerful novel about a wild, scenic river in South Carolina fictionalized as the Tamassee River but reportedly based on the Chattooga River that claims lives in its dangerous white water hydraulics and that, in this story, inspires both enemies and valiant protectors It will stay with me a long time as I reflect on the subtle complexities and potent themes.This novel was outstanding on so many levels, not the least of which was the riveting plot with [...]


  • Shall we gather at the river,Where bright angel feet have trod,With its crystal tide foreverThat flows by the throne of God Yes, we ll gather at the river,The beautiful, the beautiful river,Gather with the saints at the riverThat flows by the throne of the Lord.The words of that old hymn have always haunted me, maybe because a large portion of my childhood was spent on the banks of a beautiful river, tucked up in the mountains, where I felt God and the angels walking with me When I first saw thi [...]


  • I am glad I discovered Ron Rash and plan on reading all his books This book is based on a true event A girl s body was trapped in a keeper hydraulic under a ledge on the Chatooga River in South Carolina It happened while I was working for the USFS.The event pitted the family against the environmentalists who claimed that attempts to retrieve the body violated the Wild and Scenic River Act It was heartbreaking and dragged on for weeks It happened not long after JFK, Jr crashed his plane into the [...]


  • The fog finally thinned and the sun broke through When it did we were in a section where stands of poplar trees lined both shores As the last smudges of fog evaporated, the yellow sun struck poplar leaves brightened like lamp wicks being turned up The air felt charged and alive, like when lightning breaks the sky before rain Thought we were in slow water, the river s pulse seemed to quicken Everything, including Luke and me, shimmered in a golden light For the first time in my life I saw the riv [...]


  • I ve read Nothing Gold Can Stay and loved it, so when I decided to read Saints at the River I was fully expecting it to be wonderful His short stories humanize southern and in particular Appalachian stereotypes, and Saints at the River did do this through plot, but, unfortunately, failed at empathizing and humanizing with the characterization of Maggie, the first person narrator Maggie defines herself by the men in her life and has very little personality and opinions of her own father, lover, e [...]


  • Ratings 1 to 5 Writing 4Plot 4Characters 4Emotional impact 4Overall rating 4NotesFavorite quotes I m a lot less sure about most things than I once was.


  • Ron Rash gives us another special novel, set in modern times 2002 in Tamassee, South Carolina It is the classic mix of tragedy, tree huggers, the press and small town opinionitis The river is the star of this tale The Tamassee River has National Wild and Scenic River status According to Wickipedia, National Wild and Scenic designation essentially vetoes the licensing of new hydropower projects on or directly affecting the river It also provides very strong protection against bank and channel al [...]


  • I read Rash s excellent Serena a year or so ago and was both excited and wary about his earlier books He is a wonderful stylist, but I worried about becoming disappointed with his earlier books I was a little right to worry, but only a little As in the prior book, he wonderfully evokes Appalachian Carolina In both books, there is a theme of nature under threat and of pitiful victims Here the story is as dramatic as in Serena, but on a much smaller scale In this book, a visiting girl drowns in th [...]


  • This book really struck me than I thought Although I am from the south , not from this particular region I have spent a lot of time around rivers as my husband is into kayaking so many of the things in the book are things I already knew This is my first novel by Rash and I was not disappointed I actually purchased this book from a bookstore in Sylva,NC from where the author supports and was an instructor at the nearby college Great read


  • A great clash of wills and identities, with nature held in the balance What s not to love about Ron Rash One of our greatest writers.


  • This is my second Ron Rash novel, however this book was written long before the first of his I read No matter, this book is good, it s just not as powerful and rich as Serena was for me cover to cover This book is simple in plot, but Rash proves he can take us deeper into each character but of course mostly the main character to add depth to his story and a likeability as well as relatability to each I just didn t finish this book with the same intensity, and the story was just moderately compel [...]


  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book So much so that I read it in 3 days.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 [...]


  • Not often do I get to read fiction located in South Carolina, where the words evoke tastes, sounds, and memories quite familiar to me There seems to be novelists who write about our northern neighbor So it was fun to enjoy such a good tale about family relations, painful events, and devotion to protecting wild spaces Throw in a little romance, journalism, photography Rash delivers a nice story, fairly well told and easy to read, that captures a little of life in the upstate and Columbia , and i [...]


  • This is the first book that I have read by Ron Rash so I have nothing to compare it to with his style of writing With that said, I liked it I didn t love it I thought the subject was interesting with lots of potential I can t put my finger on it exactly, but I found it lacking The characters were a slightly unlikable and maybe a bit under developed and I found myself wanting from them In fact the whole book could have used about another 100 pages to dive into the plot a little deeper With all t [...]


  • Always a happy day when you discover a great writer who is new to you Looking forward to reading many of Ron Rash s novels and short stories


  • There is something wonderfully cinematic about Saints at the River I m not suggesting it was written so as to become a hoopla child Hollywood venerates every February, nor am I trying to contribute to the endlessly pointless debate of which medium is better Hell, why not see the movie if you ve read the book, and vice versa, might just be worth the time Saints has a strong graphic appeal which derives from an unmistakable visual identity, hence I d be curious to see how it would transcend from f [...]


  • When a twelve year old girl drowns in the Tamassee River and her body is trapped in a deep eddy, the people of a small South Carolina town 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 docume [...]


  • With the novel Saints at the River, I learned about characterization and how a man writing as a female character can seem ingenuine at times I first read this novel in an ENC 1102 class and while reading it I noticed how the main character Maggie was portrayed At times it didn t like Ron Rash the author stayed in character with her It seemed at times that he wrote like a man writing emotions and thoughts for a woman when, as the reader, you re not supposed to notice that In some scenes where she [...]


  • I cannot begin to imagine how awful it must be to lose a child To watch that child washed away before your eyes as you stand alone, unable to do anything about it The first chapter is gut wrenching in its description of the drowning of Ruth Kowalsky I could picture her walking into the depths of the river without a thought of the dangers lurking just below the seemingly peaceful surface Realistic, honest and heartbreaking, this could be a story from anyone s family A perfect moment too quickly c [...]


  • The story surrounding the tragedies at the river and the politics surrounding it enthralled me, however the relationship of the narrator and and her partner felt forced from the beginning The novel still retains the nice small town Appalachian feel of the rest of Rash s works but I think he tries to write both a romance and small time political drama into the same story and doesn t fully form either because he concentrates too much on one or the other instead of trying to combine them.The river [...]


  • I am really beginning to love the fiction and poetry of Ron Rash He is a terrific writer that gives voice to the peoples and landscape of Appalachia Saints at the River is one of Rash s earlier novels, and while a quick read, this is a compelling story a young girl who has drowned in the Tamassee River of extreme western South Carolina and the efforts to recover her body The story is told through the eyes of young photojournalist who goes back to her hometown to cover the story for her newspaper [...]


  • My public library is promoting Ron Rash s Saints at the River because of its setting near Clemson, SC I found that the setting minimally held my interest, probably because I ve only been a resident for little over a year Rash s writing style and storytelling was fine, nothing extraordinary but I suspect my standards have increased within the past year His story was spread too thin it prodded moral debates on the environment, parent child relations, dealing with death, and journalism styles I was [...]


  • I am officially a Ron Rash fan now I read Serena a few months ago and read this novel because a friend highly recommended it As with Serena, I loved the local flavor, the descriptions of the South Carolina mountains The story shares with Serena the conflict between environmental concerns and the all mighty dollar The narrator, a journalist who must return to her mountain home where the story unfolds, pulls you into her story immediately you like her and trust her, and there is romance involved m [...]


  • I ve lived in South Carolina for over 13 years, and yet I still feel like I m assimilating into the culture, learning about the different regions of the state little by little, and slowly growing to love my state and I appreciated this book most for how it pulled me into the Appalachian portion of South Carolina and reminded me of the folk beauty of small town community and of the land and natural features of the mountain region On that backdrop, it was hard to come down hard and fast on eithe [...]


  • The conflict between environmentalists and progress is most apparent as the major plot centers around the retrieval of a young girl s body from the white water rapids of the Tamassee River The subplot deals with the narrator s own conflict within herself and with her father The prose is descriptive and at times lyrical The weakness of the novel is that it probably does not reach out and grab the reader, and perhaps the female voice is not very convincing It glides, somewhat like a current, and p [...]


  • This was an absorbing book although the years old conflict between the photographer and her father hardly seemed significant enough to dwell upon I recognize the need to parallel a guilty father lost girl relationship but I would have thought a epic situation could have been devised I also was disappointed to learn how many aspects of the story were lifted directly from actual events This made the sub plots appear that much weak, as having been shoe horned in to an otherwise already establishe [...]


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