Where All Light Tends to Go (Hardcover)

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Where All Light Tends to Go. This young novelist shows tremendous promise in his debut. The action is placed quite specifically in the southern part of Jackson County, NC where the author has worked since wrapping up his undergraduate studies a few years ago. His depictions of the mountain setting and the still relatively isolated culture enfolded therein are dark but lovely. We get a heavy sense of grim fate engulfing Jacob McNeely, the teenaged antihero narrator... something of the concept Joy's mentor Ron Rash speaks of as "landscape as destiny". There are passages where Joy's prose approaches the elegance of McCarthy or Woodrell in their more lyrical digressions, but for the most part the narrative is in a gritty vernacular that is pretty damn harsh but rings true. Joy proves to be an up-and-coming voice in southern noir lit.

— Chris


A Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel
Remarkable . . . This isn t your ordinary coming-of-age novel, but with his bone-cutting insights into these men and the region that bred them, Joy makes it an extraordinarily intimate experience. Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Lyrical, propulsive, dark and compelling. Joy knows well the grit and gravel of his world, the soul and blemishes of the place."--Daniel Woodrell
In the country-noir tradition of Winter's Bone meets 'Breaking Bad, ' a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption.

The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually. The only joy he finds comes from reuniting with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger and better things than their hardscrabble town.
Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he's faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves. In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above the only life he's ever known.

About the Author

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. He lives in Webster, North Carolina. Where All Light Tends to Go is his first novel."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399172779
ISBN-10: 0399172777
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English

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