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Ron Rash Explores Remorse And Redemption In 'The Risen'

An image of author Ron Rash
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Clemson World

For 20 years, Ron Rash has been haunted by the murder of a young woman that took place near his home. Nobody was ever charged in the case. 

But over the years, Rash began to think about the two male college students who reportedly last saw her alive. This became the spark for his latest novel "The Risen" (Ecco/2016). The book tells the story of two brothers in Sylva, N.C. whose lives changed after they befriended a free-spirited young woman in the summer of 1969. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Ron Rash about his latest novel and why he does not consider himself a regional author. Rash reads at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 20 at Park Road Books in Charlotte and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21 at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville. 

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.