Thursday, September 29, 2016
A Siren Call
Ron Rash is one of my favorite Southern writers. Alongside One Foot in Eden and Serena, The Risen does not disappoint. It's a siren call - the appeal of something alluring but potentially dangerous. Two brothers, Bill and Eugene befriend an intriguing, free spirited young woman, Ligeia, who is visiting relatives, all within the backdrop of small town North Carolina. The book is set in current day, but flashes back to when the characters first met in 1969, and follows the very different trajectories of the brothers since that fateful summer. As the truth surrounding a longstanding mystery bubble to the surface, so do the tensions between Bill and Eugene. It's captivating, atmospheric, poetic. Ron Rash is at his best with The Risen.