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The Night the New Jesus celebrates storytelling a art and necessity. Like the best Southern writers, Ron Rash gives us funny without cornpone, irony without mockery, charm without sentimentality.


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The Night the New Jesus celebrates storytelling a art and necessity. Like the best Southern writers, Ron Rash gives us funny without cornpone, irony without mockery, charm without sentimentality.

30 review for The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    Ron Rash is a master with a short story. These are connected short stories but they are each stand alone too. Cock-eyed religion and a good bit of drinking can be found in all.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diane Barnes

    Wonderful book of 10 inter-related short stories narrated by 3 different citizens of a small town in NC. Rash really nails small town life. These stories are humorous and poignant, with a couple of them funny enough to have me snickering all day long. This was his first book, and it's easy to see why he's such a respected author today. This guy could write from the get-go. Highly recommended to any Rash fans out there, or anyone else who needs a good read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    My grandfather grew up in Cliffside during the Depression. In The Night New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina, Ron Rash shares tales that would have occurred a few decades later, when Grandaddy was working full-time in a mill, raising my mom and uncle with my grandmother in Kings Mountain, less than an hour from the title location. I was amused and warmed by each story's description of Western North Carolina culture in the middle to latter part of the twentieth My grandfather grew up in Cliffside during the Depression. In The Night New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina, Ron Rash shares tales that would have occurred a few decades later, when Grandaddy was working full-time in a mill, raising my mom and uncle with my grandmother in Kings Mountain, less than an hour from the title location. I was amused and warmed by each story's description of Western North Carolina culture in the middle to latter part of the twentieth century, a culture that largely remains the same. But it was the final piece, My Father's Cadillacs, that struck me most. Our narrator, Vincent, embarrassed by a car that evokes thoughts of funeral homes, presses his father about why he would purchase a Cadillac instead of a more humble--and normal--Pontiac or Mercury. "Because owning a Cadillac shows exactly how far I've come from that mill village where I grew up." Vincent's dad must have been about the same age as my grandfather, a man who established three material goals at a young age: 1. to own a brick home, 2. to own a Cadillac, and 3. to have a garage with an automatic door. He achieved those goals, and many immaterial goals as well, creating a loving home in which his children and eventual grandchildren were loved and nurtured. My grandfather died in December 1995, four months before I would attend my first prom. Just as Vincent's dad let him borrow his big, black Cadillac for his prom, Grandmother generously allowed me to take my girlfriend Kelsey, and our friends Paul and Cheryl, in her immaculate, white 1991 Brougham D'Elegance. I must have been as proud as Vincent was mortified, but you'll have to read My Father's Cadillacs to understand exactly what our college-bound protagonist experienced. Thank you, Ron, for your truthful, humorous, and gentle exposition of Grandaddy's homeplace.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    What a delightful set of short stories, almost every one as good as the next (which is rare for collections, I think). His characters and scenarios ring true. These are people I know or knew of. Three narrative voices are used (each getting three or four stories), all members of a small southern Appalachian town: Vincent, who recalls his younger years dealing with his parents, a mill-townie done good as an art professor at a local junior college whose peculiar ways irritate the long-suffering bu What a delightful set of short stories, almost every one as good as the next (which is rare for collections, I think). His characters and scenarios ring true. These are people I know or knew of. Three narrative voices are used (each getting three or four stories), all members of a small southern Appalachian town: Vincent, who recalls his younger years dealing with his parents, a mill-townie done good as an art professor at a local junior college whose peculiar ways irritate the long-suffering but loving traditionalist mother,and the trials of growing up in this close-knit community; a sarcastic female skilled carpenter making it in a man's world who loves her town and the people in it, nonetheless, whose ex is a filandering scheming dishonest car salesman; and a slightly bitter, middle-age loser dealing with impending divorce and loss of employment. There is a lot of observation of Southern types and much humor. Rash is rapidly becoming on of my favorite short-story authors. I couldn't put the volume down last night.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Olav Nilsen

    Brilliant

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I don’t read short stories that often but this collection hung together, describing a NC small town and it’s recognizable residents. The three narrators add a fun element too. There’s humor and affection and the foibles of humanity. What more could we ask for?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    Any Ron Rash fan will love this book. Ordinarily, I'm not interested in short stories; too short. But this was the usual "Ron Rash keep reading" kind of book. I found myself chuckling to myself and feeling sadness with the character throughout the book. It takes place in a small town in NC and in the last story you feel as if you are a neighbor of the characters who tell the story. Read and enjoy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    A friend of mine, from North Carolina, recommended this author, and this book in particular. Living in Lebanon, I had no idea who Ron Rash was. Since I love being introduced to new authors, I immediately jumped on this opportunity. Although the characters live in a setting that is completely foreign to me, I was nonetheless quite attached to them, and found myself wanting to know more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

    This was written by an English professor from my college :-), though I was not in his class. I listened in at a lecture regarding this book, and found him to be an amazing speaker. He read excerpts from this book and had the whole audience drawn in. Very good book and I look forward to reading it again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    A delightful set of inter-connected short stories narrated by three different people. The stories are humorous and yet realistic to small town life in that time. My favorite quote was in the last story about dogwoods in spring. " It makes you feel like all your dreams can still come true".

  11. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn/QuAppelle

    Ron Rash is one of my favorite authors and his short stories are so well-written. I am very picky when it comes to this form of writing and would recommend his stories (and novels) wholeheartedly. Gems!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Martha Morgan

    Very enjoyable and humorus. Loved it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    What a great collection of stories. Laugh out loud funny, great characters and great writing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sterling Woodruff

    Excellent. I was living in the area the book was set in and it really is the way the author described.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    I read this to my "Granny" when she lived with me. It was required reading for Engl. 101, and I still think of it as one of my favorite books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joe Vargo

    Great reading.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    One of my favorite Ron Rash books- short stories with a sly humor, told by 3 narrators, all set in small town Appalachia

  18. 5 out of 5

    Well Read Beard

    I love Ron Rash's writing. I am very close to having read everything that he has put out. Dare I say it, He might be my favorite living author. I haven't read anything by him that I didn't like. This is a collection of some of his earlier work, and while a lot of Ron's work is DARK, this had quite a bit of humor to it. Somebody ( after reading this book ) asked him, "What happened, you used to be funny" To which he replied "I had children" - Ha. So why the 4 stars - I am gonna be honest - if this I love Ron Rash's writing. I am very close to having read everything that he has put out. Dare I say it, He might be my favorite living author. I haven't read anything by him that I didn't like. This is a collection of some of his earlier work, and while a lot of Ron's work is DARK, this had quite a bit of humor to it. Somebody ( after reading this book ) asked him, "What happened, you used to be funny" To which he replied "I had children" - Ha. So why the 4 stars - I am gonna be honest - if this was the first Rash book for me - It would have been 5. I rank an author's work against their other work. There are at least 2 of his short story collections that I have give 5 stars to, I thought about this one being 5 due to the humor and the different general feel of this book, but ultimately settled at 4. All this is to say, shhh, listen, I am whispering now - This is a 5 star book most days of the week. 10 stories total - not a single one that I didn't care for. The stories are wrapped in an environment where 3 different narrators are sitting around a table drinking coffee. "We start talking and soon the words turn into sentences and those sentences become stories. Always, finally, stories..." So we roll back and forth between these 3 story tellers visiting their past. Just wonderful, funny, sad, beautiful story telling. My favorites: They seem to be the "Tracy" stories The title track:New Jesus, Raising the Dead and Judgment Day

  19. 4 out of 5

    David Ward

    The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories From Cliffside, North Carolina by Ron Rash (The Bench Press 1994) (Fiction – Short Story). These are ten early short stories from one of my favorite authors. This is his first book; it was published almost a quarter-century ago. It mainly serves to demonstrate the improvement that even a master wordsmith can garner when he continues to polish and practice his craft year in and year out. These are not bad stories, but they lack the impact th The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories From Cliffside, North Carolina by Ron Rash (The Bench Press 1994) (Fiction – Short Story). These are ten early short stories from one of my favorite authors. This is his first book; it was published almost a quarter-century ago. It mainly serves to demonstrate the improvement that even a master wordsmith can garner when he continues to polish and practice his craft year in and year out. These are not bad stories, but they lack the impact that Rash's later work delivers in spades. My rating: 7/10, finished 9/25/18. I purchased my PB copy in very good condition from Amazon; it is a copy inscribed by the author. PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    This collection of stories are among the first Ron Rash ever published. Although his writing style has matured over the years these stories contain dry humor not found a lot in his more recent works- the basic bones of an amazing writer clearly come through.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Bradley

    This book was insightful and often hilarious, making me laugh out loud several times. Ron Rash knows the South intimately, and his characters feel real and multi-dimensional.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    From Notes from Beyond the Pale, on the Civil War: “... perhaps at no time history had better men fought for a worse cause.”

  23. 4 out of 5

    Don Zabriskie

    Rash's First Story Collection This first effort of Ron Rash easily established his story telling skills and set the bar for many further stories and novels as well. Compared to Burning Bright: Stories, the other collection I first read, one can see the author's increasing depth of themes and human interaction. The good humor and fanciful introduction to Cliffside and it's inhabitants had me entertained from start to finish.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Edward

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dot

  26. 5 out of 5

    J a E F A I

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

  28. 4 out of 5

    R. Reese

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter Edwards

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rene Sanders

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