The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth: And Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina

The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth: And Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina

The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth: And Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina

The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth: And Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina

Synopsis

The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth was originally released in 1994 and was the first published book from acclaimed writer Ron Rash. This twentieth anniversary edition takes us back to where it all began with ten linked short stories, framed like a novel, introducing us to a trio of memorable narrators--Tracy, Randy, and Vincent--making their way against the hardscrabble backdrop of the North Carolina foothills. With a comedic touch that may surprise readers familiar only with Rash's later, darker fiction, these earnest tales reveal the hard lessons of good whiskey, bad marriages, weak foundations, familial legacies, questionable religious observances, and the dubious merits of possum breeding, as well as the hard-won reconciliations with self, others, and home that can only be garnered in good time. The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth shows us the promising beginnings of a master storyteller honing his craft and contributing from the start to the fine traditions of southern fiction and lore. This Southern Revivals edition includes a new introduction from the author and a contextualizing preface from series editor Robert H. Brinkmeyer, director of the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies.

Excerpt

Southern Revivals, supported by the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies’s Robert E. McNair Fund, restores to print important works of literature by contemporary southern writers. All selections in the series have enjoyed critical and commercial success. By returning these works to general circulation, we hope to deepen readers’ understandings of, and appreciations for, not only specific authors but also the flourishing southern literary landscape. Not too long ago, it was a fairly straightforward task to distinguish literature by southerners, as mostdays are long gone. Literature by southerners is now quite literally all over the map, extending its reach from the coast of South Carolina to heart of West Africa, from the bayous of Louisiana to the rain forests of Brazil, from the mountains of Eastern Tennessee to the deserts of the Southwest. As our list of resurrected books grows, Southern Revivals will bring readers to many of these places, taking them on journeys into regions near and far away, journeys which attest to the astonishing diversity of contemporary Southern culture.

Ron Rash’s The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina is an exciting addition to the series. Few would disagree that Rash is one . . .

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