Where All Light Tends to Go

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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 payda...

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David Joy's writing is superbly dark, rich and compelling. His characters are fully developed, and the entire time I was reading this story, I was nervous, worried, and didn't want to put it down. Great read.

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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 payda... 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.

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Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
David Joy
ISBN-13
9780425279793
Publication Date
February, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.20 x 5.50 x 0.70 Inches
ISBN-10
0425279790

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David Joys writing is...
David Joy's writing is superbly dark, rich and compelling. His characters are fully developed, and the entire time I was reading this story, I was nervous, worried, and didn't want to put it down. Great read.
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David Joys writing is...

David Joy's writing is superbly dark, rich and compelling. His characters are fully developed, and the entire time I was reading this story, I was nervous, worried, and didn't want to put it down. Great read.

After reading all thre...

After reading all three of Joy's novels within a week, I feel like I just escaped from a small town in western North Carolina (just barely). What a wild ride.

This is a great book b...

This is a great book by a talented writer. David Joy does a spectacular job portraying the despair and contradictions felt by the characters, Appalachian mountain people involved in criminal activities and police who are aiding and abetting or trying to stop said activities. It's not an upbeat book by any means, but the writing is superb, the pace is perfect, the characters are well-developed, and the dialogue seems real. Anyone who thinks life in the mountains of NC and Tennessee is safe and bucolic should take a look at this impressive novel for a dose of reality. Loved it.

If you are looking for...

If you are looking for an upbeat frothy story this book is not for you. However, if you can take a dark and gritty novel about a young man with an abusive drug dealing father who struggles to save the girl he loves from a nowhere life in rural North Carolina with the redeeming quality that it is very well written - then go for it. There are some very unique characters and bursts of dark humor interspersed throughout. I am looking forward to Mr. Joy's next book as this one is very different.

I picked this up becau...

I picked this up because the author is from an area with which I'm familiar: Jackson County, NC. So reading of Lake Glenville, Sylva, Yellow Mountain Road.... I know these places! But I fall into the dreaded "summer people" catagory, at least in this area.Where I grew up, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, there are very similar people and circumstances, but reading fiction, you don't really expect to get the full, dirty, dispairing story. You expect fairy godmothers, the hero to win in the end.... not this time.I won't recommend it to folks who don't care for foul language - there's plenty - but I think it was used in character, not frivolously. I think the author just might know these people.A few things got to me: our hero is his fther's son, he can't get out, he has no choice - said over & over. I don't believe this, but again, true to character and hey, it's fiction. AND his first - hope he writes more! Meantime, I'll look into some of his local wrinting/non-fiction.

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