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By Ron Rash

Ron Rash, PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling writer of Serena and The Cove, has been known as "a lovely writer" (Richard rate) with a "reputation for writerly miracles" (Janet Maslin, The big apple Times), and is been heralded as "one of our very most interesting novelists" (Richard Russo).

Now comes an specific eSingle that includes a never-before-published brief tale that exhibits the lyrical and masterful RonRash at his absolute best.

My Father Like a River transcends the haunting panorama of Rash's local south and explores the complicated, strong courting among father and family members, and the genuine feel of loss one reports whereas unemployed—all instructed in brilliant, powerful prose.

Also contains Ron's brief tale "The Trusty", which was once initially released in The New Yorker.

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None of them wrote about it. Years later, Herman Melville and Anna Warner did. Seventeen and nine years old, respectively, at the time of the Panic, the native New Yorkers and their clans represented two of the thousands of families whose fortunes were wrecked by this economic event. It exacted an exile from all they had known: Anna and older sister Susan relocated from Manhattan to Constitution Island, from whence their bankrupted father hoped to recuperate his fortunes. There began what Anna described in her 1852 novel as the sisters’ initiation into “real life,” an existence marked by increasing penury and worrisome tracking of her titular Dollars and Cents (210).

Quite simply, because it possesses powerful “allurements,” as Stowe characterized it—avenues to feeling that could allow one to understand truth (Uncle Tom’s Cabin xiii). Its ability to blur boundaries between self and imagined others creates opportunities for intense sympathy and identification. Sentimental fiction purposefully blurs such boundaries, emphasizing metaphorical characterization that likens slaves, prostitutes, and bankrupts to beloved family and friends; we shall see sentimental narrative strategies often employed by reform authors in the pages that follow.

5 Others whose literary names have lasted—some taking a few hits, but nonetheless, lasting—were old enough, established enough, damaged enough by the Panic to say something about it. Which gives rise to a question that can be simply put—and in fact, was put so at the time—but cannot be simply answered: when the Panic struck, where were America’s “literary men”? This chapter examines the cultural and rhetorical contexts of this question and its answers, illuminating how the reform impulse and competing conceptions of the very meaning of “literary” combined so as to affect American literary history in ways that would last much longer than the Panic or its aftershocks.

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