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...

Mandy rated it ★★★☆☆

January 04, 2018

Strange story, it wasn't quite what I expected. Ernie convicted of murdering a young boy is being transferred between prisons. Half way there the driver suffers a heart attack and with the other prison officer injured Ernie manages to escape and goes on the run. That's the first chapter, the rest...

Shayne rated it ★★★★★

January 01, 2018

Submersive novel, with captivating characters that I couldn't stop thinking about long after finishing the book. The setting is as much a part of the story as the people who live in it, with the rain-soaked, downtrodden mountain town vivid and resonant.

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

November 30, 2017

Such a good story with such intricately drawn characters--why didn't anyone bother to proofread it?

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...

Malinda rated it ★★★☆☆

November 29, 2017

"From where they all sat, from the boxed in, smoke-sickened corner room on the second floor, they were all equal prisoners - all of them. They were prisoners of the neglected two-story brick behemoth that contained them all, a building aged and grandly pillared and choked with a suffocating layer...

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...

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