Ron Rash: The Caretaker Book Signing

Ron Rash: The Caretaker Book Signing

August 1st 2024 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Celebrate the paperback release of "The Caretaker" with a book signing! Ron Rash will be at Hub City Bookshop on Thursday, August 1st and sigining books from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Stop by, meet the author and have your books signed! You are welcome to bring any copies you already own. Though purchase is not required to attend the event, book sales support our operations and allow us to bring authors to Spartanburg. Please consider buying a book if you attend the appearance. Ron will sign up to 3 books per person.

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About the Book: 

From award-winning author Ron Rash (“One of the great American authors at work today” —The New York Times) comes a breathtaking love story and a searing examination of the acts we seek to justify in the name of duty, family, honor, and love.

“With each Ron Rash story, you expect flawed people trying desperately to survive against the odds, and a rich sense of place…What you don’t always expect is a wicked plot. The Caretaker delivers all of the above in a story that becomes a race to the finish.” —John Grisham

Blowing Rock, North Carolina, 1951. Blackburn Gant, his life irrevocably altered by a childhood case of polio, seems condemned to spend his life among the dead as the sole caretaker of a hilltop cemetery. It suits his withdrawn personality, and the inexplicable occurrences that happen from time to time rattle him less than interactions with the living. But when his only friend, the kind but impulsive Jacob Hampton, is conscripted to serve overseas, Blackburn is charged with caring for Jacob’s wife, Naomi, as well. 

Jacob and Naomi’s elopement has scandalized the community and angered Jacob’s parents. Shunned by the townsfolk for their differences and equally fearful that Jacob may never come home from the war, Blackburn and Naomi grow closer, even as a stunning betrayal shatters familial bonds. 

A profound examination of friendship and rivalry as well as a riveting story of unfolding deceit, The Caretaker brilliantly depicts the human capacity for empathetic compassion and selfish destruction, all justified as acts of love.


About the Author: 

RON RASH is the author of the PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to the critically acclaimed novels The RisenAbove the WaterfallThe CoveOne Foot in EdenSaints at the River, and The World Made Straight; five collections of poems; and seven collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, Nothing Gold Can Stay, a New York Times bestseller, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Three times the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, his books have been translated into seventeen languages. He teaches at Western Carolina University.

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