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Walter Edgar's Journal

Ron Rash, author of Serena


Friday - February 13, 2009


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About This Show

Ron Rash's family has lived in the southern Appalachian Mountains since the mid-1700's, and it is this region that is the primary focus of his writing. In his latest novel, Serena, a newly wedded couple, George and Serena Pemberton arrive in the mountains of North Carolina in 1929 and set about to create a timber empire. They use ruthless, even murderous, tactics to vanquish all opposition. Eventually, they turn those tactics on each other.

Rash grew up in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and graduated from Gardner-Webb College and Clemson University. He holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University. Rash is the author of 8 books. He talks with Dr. Edgar about Serena and about the significance of the southern Appalachian’s in his life and work.


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