Ash Falls by Warren Read

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Read Ash Falls Online Free - A routine prisoner transfer on a rural highway ends with the car upside-down in a ravine, the driver dead of a heart attack, and convicted murderer Ernie Luntz on the loose, his eyes fixed on the mountain range in the distance, over which lies his hometown of Ash Falls.

Set in a moss-draped, Pacific Northwest mountain town, Ash Falls is the story of a closely connected community both held together and torn apart by one man’s single act of horrific violence. As the residents of Ash Falls—which include Ernie’s ex-wife and teenage son—wait on edge, wondering if and when Ernie Luntz will reappear, they come to discover that they are held prisoner not by the killer in the woods outside their town, but by the chains of their own creation.

A tension-filled, multi-character exploration of collapsed relationships, carefully guarded secrets and the psychological strain of living in a place that is at once both idyllic and crippling, Ash Falls is a picturesque and haunting novel that belongs beside the work of such classic contemporary American writers as Kent Haruf, Leif Enger, Smith Henderson and Ron Carlson.

Warren Read is the author of a 2008 memoir, The Lyncher in Me (Borealis Books), about his discovery that his great-grandfather had incited a lynching in 1920. His fiction has been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season Review, Sliver of Stone, Inklette, Switchback and The Drowning Gull. In addition, he has had two short plays directed and produced by Tony winner Dinah Manoff. Warren earned his MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Title : Ash Falls
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ISBN : 1632460475
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 308 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★☆☆

June 28, 2017

3.5 Ash Falls, a small community in the Pacific Northwest, a town trying to recover from a recent tragedy. A man convicted of murder, a husband and father, leaving emotional devastation in his wake, felt by those involved and the community itself, has now escaped. Will he try to return to the tow...

Marjorie rated it ★★★★☆

May 12, 2017

Ernie Luntz is a convicted murderer and now he’s on the loose and is being hunted by the police. Back at home at Ash Falls, his family and all of the residents wonder if he’ll return there. That’s where the murder happened and Ernie would be a fool to set foot in that town again. But his ex-wife...

Weez rated it ★★★☆☆

October 15, 2017

I enjoyed the setting and the characters in this novel more than the actual story itself. It's a decent book, but it wasn't exactly my cup of tea.

Tammi rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2017

I loved this book! It’s a great story about intersecting lives in a small town. It includes a great cast of characters that will stick with you long after you turn that last page. Can’t wait to see what Warren Reed comes up with next!

Lisa rated it ★★★★★

June 20, 2017

The kind of novel I enjoy, when the characters draw me into their lives and I become part of their world. Great descriptive writing of a place I love, ( the Pacific Northwest and it's forests and mountains) and a great story of life in a small, economically challenged town. I wanted to follow the...

Hunter rated it ★★★☆☆

August 02, 2017

Very atmospheric; a small town in the Northwest, surrounded by forests, mountains...and yes rain. The somber setting emphasizes the sense of ennui of rural life in the United States. I adored all the characters, and this is what the book is really about. If you're familiar with Kent Haruf and "Pl...

Angie rated it ★★★★☆

July 10, 2017

Things I enjoyed about Ash Falls. - The characters were real. Their problems, their vices, all real struggles. - I love the PNW and having grown up in that area I was tickled that I recognize landmarks in the book. - Short chapters make it easy to find a stopping place.. although I would have loved...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

August 19, 2017

Warren Read’s first novel is a masterpiece. For anyone living outside of the Pacific Northwest, his vivid descriptions will take you to this haunting and beautiful rural location. His characters are unique, flawed and loveable, all living in dark circumstances but finding ways to survive without...

Claire rated it ★★★★☆

August 20, 2017

It appears that the escapee's story will be the focus in the first chapter, but then narration shifts to introducing 5-6 other characters. Those first chapters move slowly. But once introduced, their stories emerge and intertwine. Most of the characters are well developed and likable; only one ex...

Holly rated it ★★★☆☆

August 12, 2017

This story is about a set of characters who live in the small town called Ash Falls. Each chapter is written from a different character's point of view (and sometimes a different point in time) and feeds into the overall story. It's a very well written book and must have taken a lot of focus for...

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