Above the Waterfall

Above the Waterfall

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Enduring the mistakes and tragedies that have shaped their lives in contemporary Appalachia, a sheriff on the brink of retirement and a haunted park ranger confront violent forces when an elderly local is accused of poisoning a trout stream.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062349316
Branch Call Number: FIC RASH
Characteristics: 252 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

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.

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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