After meeting acclaimed author Ron Rash at the 2013 Literary Sojourn, I vowed to read everything he publishes. I appreciate Rash’s work for his ability to mesmerize with atmospheric language and develop characters that haunt the reader long after closing the pages. Rash is a master of the southern gothic genre, and his latest novel, “Above the Waterfall,” published Sept. 8, fulfilled my high expectations.
If you had asked me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said what many children at the time said: a SeaWorld Trainer.
I desperately wanted to work with orca whales, but unlike many other children, I actually followed through with almost all the requirements necessary to follow that dream. My dreams, as with those of so many others, are echoed by John Hargrove, former killer whale trainer at SeaWorld, in his book “Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish.”