Winner of the Appalachian Book of the Year
“Equal parts vintage crime novel and Southern Gothic, full of aching ambivalence and hard compromises, and rounded off by bad faith and bad choices . . . A veritable garden of earthly disquiet.”—Los Angeles Times
Rash—acclaimed poet and short-story writer and Appalachian Studies chair at Western Carolina University—presents a debut novel about a small-town sheriff investigating the murder of a local thug. But problems arise when the sheriff can find neither the body nor someone to attest to the killing. One Foot in Eden is “written with the crisp precision and evocative images you’d expect from a talented poet, especially one with deep roots in the [Carolina] region. His characters are vivid, thoroughly human. And his narrative unfolds in mesmerizing fashion . . . A page-turner with a palpable, moving sense of time and place, and an abiding compassion for the troubled humans who move through its pages” (The Charlotte Observer). “Neatly and ingeniously put together. Rash knows to the core the ways of those who yearn for what is just beyond their grasp.”—Fred Chappell, author of Brighten the Corner Where Your Are
Ron Rash is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize and the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Rash holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University and is the author of the novels One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight (winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Award), and the story collection Chemistry and Other Stories. He lives in Clemson, South Carolina.
One Foot in Eden has been adopted for First-Year Experience Programs at:
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (SC); Clemson University (SC); Coker College (SC); Francis Marion University (SC); Limestone College (SC); University of South Carolina, Upstate; University of Virginia; Virginia Highlands Community College; Western Carolina University (NC); Wofford College (SC)