Ron Rash writes poetry, short stories and novels. He is a Southerner, a crafter of finely wrought literature. His work is only now getting wide exposure in the U.S.–he has quietly become a bestseller–and the attention is long past due. Listening to “the elegantly fine-tuned voice of this Appalachian poet and storyteller,” as the New York Times has it, is like wandering through the Carolina hills. The world of Serena, the first novel published in Dutch, is gothic, sardonic, darkly funny. The Guardian calls it “a spectacular book” that measures up to the greatest fiction of the American South.