Even As We Breathe, These Mountains, F*ckface
While enjoying a beer across the porch from my neighbor, the author David Joy, it struck him that my bookstore could offer our customers a fine trio of fiction later this summer. Here's the plan: we'll bundle David's forthcoming novel, When These Mountains Burn, with the two best debuts to come out of Appalachia in 2020: Leah Hampton's collection, F*ckface, and Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle's novel, Even As We Breath. These three books also represent three adjoining counties and the Qualla Boundary, all in southwestern North Carolina. Order them now, and readers will get signed first editions--one in July, one in August, and one in September--delivered to any U.S. address for free. We'll also discount the third book in your order by 20%, applied after checkout before we process your payment. So, if you've already pre-ordered one or two of these titles from us, just reference the "Even As We Breathe, These Mountains, F*ckface" promotion to receive the discount on the third. Order online or phone us at 828-586-9499. We'll leave it up to you how to handle the expletive when you call. - Chris, prop. City Lights Bookstore
Do you find the title of this book off-putting? Please, read the poignant title story, which upsets any preconceived notions that the name conjures. Such prejudice is an apt chord to strike at the beginning of a collection of stories set in the southern Appalachians, a region too often dismissed and demeaned by outsiders unwilling to grapple with nuance once they've made up their minds. F*ckface marks the debut of a major literary talent and is a fresh addition to the southern Gothic canon. I predict that having read that first story, you'll find yourself drawn into the rest of this excellent collection. Enjoy the richness! -- Chris Wilcox
In When These Mountains Burn, David Joy tackles the heavy issues of the people and mountains he has come to love. He accomplishes this with what I love most about his books: fast-paced and heartfelt prose.
-- Eon Alden
We can't wait to read this debut! --
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