Les, a long-time sheriff just three weeks from retirement, contends with the ravages of crystal meth and his own duplicity in his small Appalachian town.
Becky, a park ranger with a harrowing past, finds solace amid the lyrical beauty of this patch of North Carolina.
Enduring the mistakes and tragedies that have indelibly marked them, they are drawn together by a reverence for the natural world. When an irascible elderly local is accused of poisoning a trout stream, Les and Becky are plunged into deep and dangerous waters, forced to navigate currents of disillusionment and betrayal that will force them to question themselves and test their tentative bond—and threaten to carry them over the edge.
Echoing the heartbreaking beauty of William Faulkner and the spiritual isolation of Carson McCullers, Above the Waterfall demonstrates once again the prodigious talent of 'one of the great American authors at work today' (Janet Maslin, New York Times).
Ron Rash has long been a critically acclaimed writer, but his seventh book, Serena, catapulted him to new heights: it garnered rave reviews and became a New York Times bestseller. A PEN/Faulkner finalist for Serena, Rash is also a recipient of the O Henry Prize and winner of the 2011 Frank O’Connor Award for Burning Bright, a collection of short stories. His other work includes the novels One Foot in Eden and The Cove, and another short story collection, Nothing Gold Can Stay. Ron Rash teaches at Western Carolina University and lives in the Appalachian Mountains, South Carolina. His latest book is Above the Waterfall.