The Caretaker

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Doubleday Books
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5.7 X 8.2 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
RON RASH is the author of twenty books of poetry and fiction, including the New York Times bestselling novel Serena, a two-time PEN/Faulkner finalist, three-time O. Henry Short Story Prize winner, and Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award winner. His books have been translated into nineteen languages. He teaches at Western Carolina University.
"With each Ron Rash story, you expect flawed people trying desperately to survive against the odds, and a rich sense of place, and images that linger, and beautiful language that you catch yourself reading over and over. What you don't always expect is a wicked plot. The Caretaker delivers all of the above in a story that becomes a race to the finish."
--John Grisham

"With pulsing drama from the outset, The Caretaker can be hard to put down from one chapter to the next. Rash's touch depicting the early 1950s in Appalachia also makes turning pages a pleasure. [The Caretaker] is crafted with the closely observed descriptions of Appalachian life that have marked [Rash's] career. . . Rash has conjured a kind of rough-hewn Americana with his prose. He may be regionally focused in his fiction, but his works tap deep veins of human nature and national strife."
--The Associated Press

"Potent and rewarding. . . Rash expertly and seamlessly ratchets up the suspense and melodrama. . . The lyrically nuanced prose faithfully evokes the Appalachian landscape, and Rash again showcases an ability to dig beneath the surface of his characters to expose their base desires and intentions. This is exactly the kind of humanitarian storytelling that fans have come to expect and savor from him."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"[A] nimbly plotted, suspenseful romance with a twist--its titular hero is the third wheel...[The] novel's bravura opening [is] a hand-to-hand combat scene that evokes James Dickey's To the White Sea... Rash writes with finesse and affection, as usual, of western North Carolina and its people. But the mood isn't mere nostalgia--there's a flint and an unflinching realism underneath, especially in his portrayal of the stalwart, utterly solid Blackburn Gant, that elevates the novel. Rash's 20th book is among his best."
--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Tantamount to a Shakespearean tragedy in rhythm, scope and dynamic. . . The Caretaker stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the multiple award-winning books in Ron Rash's impressive body of work."
--New York Journal of Books

"Master storyteller Rash (In the Valley, 2020) returns with a tale of friendship, love, and betrayal set in his beloved Appalachia...In lyrical, understated prose, Rash explores themes of devotion, deception, and family ties in this unforgettable story that will appeal to fans of Alice Munro and William Kent Krueger."

"Ron Rash is one of the South's most beloved storytellers, and his latest novel doesn't disappoint. Set in 1950s Blowing Rock, North Carolina, The Caretaker is a heartfelt tale about a love triangle between Jacob, the son of a wealthy family who shuns him when he marries Naomi, an uneducated hotel maid, and his friend Blackburn, the disfigured caretaker of the town cemetery."
--Atlanta Journal-Constitution