Something Rich and Strange

Editorial reviews

Something Rich and Strange

Rash's spectacular stories may originate in the peculiar soil of Appalachia, but their reach and their rewards are vast.

Reading this collection is like taking a long walk into that haunted gorge where the ginseng grows wild. Trust me: In here you'll find many things, even the dark matters, quite wonderful.

Rash is especially skilled at revealing the patient fatalism of some Southerners, an inclination that makes people in other parts of the country uncomfortable.

Mr. Rash’s stories glide with exceptional ease between the supernatural, which he can treat as a very beautiful extension of the natural world (the title story, about a girl who drowns, is deadly yet exquisite), and the mundane, which can be ghastly.

Each and all of the selections in this volume should be savored slowly and reread. And if someone is looking to make a dramatic television anthology of one-episode stories, there are 34 here with which you can start.