Appalachian Book of the Week
Our featured book for this week is Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy.
Webster author, David Joy is one of the up and coming voices in the southern gothic or "Grit Lit" tradition. With his debut novel, Where All Light Tends to Go, Joy has made his mark, and Putnam Publishing has already purchased a second novel. Where All Light Tends to Go, which is a staff pick of both Chris and Eon, is set in Jackson County, North Carolina and tells the story of Jacob McNeely, a young man who is in a fight against his fate. “Expertly balancing beauty and brutality, David has written a novel that stays with the reader long after the final page has been read. Where All Light Tends to Go, though very much an Appalachian tale, is the story common to many young men who are trying to escape their desperate circumstances,” says City Lights staffer, Eon Alden. Ron Rash had this to say about the book, “A savage and moving account of a young man’s attempt to transcend his family’s legacy of violence. Where All Light Tends to Go is an outstanding debut and a fine addition to the country-noir vein of southern literature.” David Joy's stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Drafthorse Literary Journal, Smoky Mountain Living, Wilderness House Literary Review, Pisgah Review, and Flycatcher, and he is the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey.