Winner of the Weatherford Award for Best Novel
“As a stylist, Rash never falters, offering rich metaphors that quietly bring the nuances of Tamassee and the river to life.”—The Post & Courier (Charleston)
The people of a small South Carolina town are thrown into the national spotlight when a twelve-year-old girl drowns in the Tamassee River and her body is trapped in a deep eddy. The girl’s parents want to rescue the body, while environmentalists believe the rescue will cause permanent damage to the river and set a dangerous precedent. Maggie, a newspaper photographer who was raised in the town and has been sent to cover the story, finds herself revisiting the past she’s fought hard to leave behind.
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.
Saints at the River has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:
Austin Peay State University (TN); Baruch College (NY); Clemson University (SC); Guilford College (SC); John Carroll University (OH); Mars Hill College (NC); Northeast Alabama College; Robeson Community College (NC); Seneca High School (SC); Spokane Falls Community College (WA); Temple University (PA); University of Central Florida; University of South Carolina, Lancaster; Valparaiso University (IN); West Kentucky Community and Technical College