Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash contains short stories that have taken place in one location, Appalachia, but in many different time periods. A wide variety of characters go through many different challenges; in "The Trusty," a convict sent to fetch water for the chain gang tries to convince a farmer's young wife to help him escape. There's also "Where the Map Ends," in which two runaway slaves head into the mountains, where there are many Lincoln supporters. The farm where they find shelter belongs to a man on the brink of madness, a result of his wife's suicide. While the farmer helps the older slave, he has a much different end in mind for his young companion. "The Magic Bus," a '60s story in which a naïve country teenager has her disastrous first encounter with hippies, and "A Servant of History" are also notable entries within this collection.
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