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The Line That Held Us
The Line That Held Us | David Joy
From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again. When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he's chased for years, he never expected he'd accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he's killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper. But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world. The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp to when all that you have is gone? The only certainty in a place so shredded is that no one will get away unscathed.
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Pam.Kokomo
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Wow. 😱😬👍🏻

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Kaye
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Mehso-so

No clue how to rate this. 👍🏼👎🏼 I listened to this in 1 day so I guess you could say it held my attention. I think it‘s classified as Southern Grit ?The entire book makes you feel as if your car broke down along a dark foggy mountain road while hunters with shotguns are constantly shooting at everything that moves. Lots of blood and guts , very depressing story .If you‘ve read Tobacco Road, give those folks loaded shotguns and hunting knives.

Kaye *Cant use this for the #ReadUSA2019. It‘s set in NC and I already have that. (edited) 9mo
Kaye Can‘t recommend it either, as I‘m not sure if I liked it or not. If you have a strong stomach and need a NC book, then give it a try. 9mo
Geeklet I kinda felt the same way. Like, it‘s fine. It was a completely mediocre easy read that I immediately forgot once it was completed. 9mo
Kaye @Geeklet Yea it was a bit of a letdown as I usually like Southern writing. This was a struggle. Too depressing , odd ending....I don‘t know. Probably just not my sort of book. 9mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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#botm and #lmpbc mail in the same day! It‘s Christmas in May 🎉😍🙌👏💃🏽🎅🏽🎄💐🎉 @LMJenkins @irre @fandom_hellspawn99

irre A good book day!! 10mo
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BookBumming
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Reading chapter through chapter I was consistently shocked. 😱This read isn‘t for the light of heart. The imagery is powerful even when you don‘t necessarily want the visuals the author conjures. 🤢
I loved everything about the Appalachia settings and the depth of the central characters. The scariest part about this story was how much of it felt like it could happen to anybody. 🌲
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BookBumming Five stars from me!! This is a story of Consequences... An accidental murder in the Appalachian Mountain woods invites the revenge of a very rough man notorious for his violence 11mo
StrangeWool Wow this one really sounds good 11mo
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avgeyer
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I really enjoyed this. The pace is like a slow burn, leading up to the book's rather unexpected conclusion. I enjoyed the way he developed Dwayne's character and showed that there was quite a bit going on under his rather brutal exterior. I felt the setting was described so well - not just getting a feel for what it looks like, but the desperation that can exist in parts of Appalachia. I'll be checking out Joy's other books for sure!

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TheLibrarian
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Mehso-so

The writing was well done but I was slightly bored with the story line.

An “Appalachian noir” about a cover-up of an accidental death and how it affects the lives of others.

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avgeyer
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Next up!

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Palieblake
Mehso-so

Was interested in reading “Appalachian noir” and wanted to support a NC writer, so picked it up on Amazon. The characterization was phenomenal but overall the message didn‘t do much for me.

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executivespooky
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4.5/5. The ending was strange and wasn't very fulfilling, but overall the story was great. Good pacing, decent characters, moral ambiguity. Would recommend. HOWEVER, I would NOT recommend to people that don't like graphic violence and gore, there is a lot and also pretty detailed accounts of post-mortem decomposition.

readinginthedark Your little fuzz ball blends with your shirt! 😆😍 12mo
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Lexeegee
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Pickpick

This was a great novel. Great characters and the story itself moved at a fast pace. The detail of the Appalachian area was so vivid and beautiful. This was my first by this author and I will be reading some of his other books.

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Lexeegee
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BOTM club from who knows how long ago. Finally getting to it.

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executivespooky
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This book is a southern/Appalachian noir and I am in 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 it 👏🏻

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heyitsMacall
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The way this book was written made me feel nostalgic; like I already had a memory of what I was reading. The ending was a little disappointing but I enjoyed the complex characterization of bad vs worse.

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Geeklet
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Mehso-so

A fairly forgettable book. I‘ll give the author a ton of credit for doing a fairly accurate job of capturing Appalachian dialect. I‘m a mountain girl myself and we have a certain way of speaking. Otherwise, I didn‘t care for how the author wrote. I‘m not a big fan of detail heavy books where the details aren‘t really important. I don‘t need to know someone borrowed a truck from a guy who could skin a tomato with heavy machinery. #24b42019

Reviewsbylola I concur. I read this a couple of months ago and have forgotten it almost completely. 14mo
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TuesdayReviews
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“How old are you, boy?”
He looked at Dwayne funny. “Sixteen,” he said.
Dwayne scrubbed at the back of his head with his knuckles, squinted his eyes like he was weighing a tremendous decision. “That‘s old enough,” he said. He pulled a 1911 pistol from the back of his waistline and aimed it square at the boy‘s forehead.

JustJill1963 My #2 favorite novel of 2018. 14mo
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mrsthilkey
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Well I've just realized I haven't read ANY classics this year- every single book I've read is less than 15 years old, and most are very new. I'm such a classics girl, this is nuts! 🥜 I am making a firm, reasonable goal of 2 classics by Dec 31st.
What's the oldest book you read this year?? Mine was The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (pub 2004). 🤓

KarenUK 1935 -The box of delights by John Masefield was my oldest... 1y
saresmoore I don‘t know if I‘ve ever had a classics-free reading year! Hmm, I think the oldest for me this year was Villette (1853), followed closely by Middlemarch and The Brothers Karamazov. (edited) 1y
mrsthilkey @KarenUK I've not heard of that one! @saresmoore I own Villette and Middlemarch! I think they'll have to wait until next year. 🤣 1y
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saresmoore Good call. They‘re both pretty massive, but really excellent reads...for next year. 😅 1y
ferskner I think Remains of the Day came out in the early 90s...at least that's what the movie came out! You may be in better shape than you think! 1y
Dragon Oh maybe the Georgette Heyer novels are older? 🙊 1y
kspenmoll I think The Age of Innocence was my oldest. 1y
mrsthilkey @ferskner Oh! Fantastic. 1y
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NatalieR
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Meeting David Joy at the Kentucky Book Fair was super awesome!! I had the pleasure of attending his panel with Crystal Wilkinson and Jane Hertenstein where they discussed Appalachian culture and society‘s failure to understand the diversity of this huge region. ❤️

BooknerdsLife Sounds awesome! 1y
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EmilyM
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This was a great read for fall--but it was definitely not a cozy read. Extremely gritty and harsh--gruesome in parts. I felt like the main character ended up being the antagonist, almost an anti-hero, of sorts. I was rooting for the "good guy," yet the book ended with the "bad guy," as if the story shifted to his. In that sense it felt a little bit like there were some loose ends that weren't tied up. A satisfying, compelling read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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NatalieR
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My favorite David Joy novel so far. His writing is beyond beautiful. Such a talented author who instantly made me root for the characters who made really poor decisions. Such an emotionally powerful read. Can‘t wait to see him at the Kentucky Book Fair and grab a signed copy of this beauty! 😄

Book_Fairy_Mary He is awesome to meet in person! 1y
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Djspens
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I seem to spend a lot of time reading like this! We're traveling to Des Moines to see our new granddaughter today! I finished this book on the way. I really enjoyed this book, in a sad, sometimes a little too grossly descriptive, way. I like it when books don't end the way you think they will... It was not tied up nicely at the end, which made me feel like this is a real story. An accidental death in the Appalachians, leads to revenge and death.

Cpg Congrats on your new grand! It‘s the best!!! We have 3 now (in 16 months time from 0 to 3)! Thanks for your review- I‘ve added to stack of reading! 1y
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UnabridgedPod
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Mehso-so

I found this #botm pick to be a little disappointing (the comparison to Cormac McCarthy's work probably set my expectations too high). There were definitely compelling moments, and the characters are both complex and empathetic. I thought that the creation of the situation was more effective than the last section of the novel--tons of tension without as much payoff as I'd hoped.

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Jilly6183
Mehso-so

Oddly, I could see this being a really good movie. But I want and need more character development in a book.

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Lydiamansel
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Hard to get through but worth it. Beautiful writing

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KadeLexical

“The only reason we‘re here is because of the ones we loved. That‘s the line that held us. ”
#botm

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Hoopiefoot
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Gritty and uncomfortable with beautiful descriptions of Appalachia.

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BittersweetBooks
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How such wickedness survived amidst the beautiful had always baffled him 🌲🍃🍂

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Hoopiefoot
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After a crazy few months I‘m so happy to be getting back to reading seriously. I missed my library books!

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BooksGirlsCats
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Mehso-so

I really liked the "Appalachian noir" setting of this novel, and I enjoyed the beginning. But somehow the suspense didn't keep up all the way through, and I ended up a bit uninvolved and under-invested in the characters.
Perhaps it would have been better if I'd read it in one sitting?

Book 30 of #52Booksin2018

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DoonTheGoon
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This one was so deliciously readable - Joy has a real knack for descriptions and creating visual images for the reader. The tale of these perilous characters and their pursuit for "justice" was a very telling commentary on masculine emotion, fear, and love. This one definitely makes the "TBR Again" pile.

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DoonTheGoon
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About 1/3 of the way through this one - enjoying it so far. Helps to be reading it in the woods!

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StephBengtson
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Starting a new one before bed.

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Elfylucille
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Everyone is scared of dying, but having it held over you like some unflinching shadow, a darkness neither growing nor receding, always there, that was enough to drive a man mad.

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RidgewayGirl
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At M Judson, Booksellers tonight, David Joy discussed his writing process, Southern Gothic, Laura Lippman and his new book. Bonus, there was beer.

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dogwoodflower66
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Couldn‘t put this one down. #Southern grit. #Bullies #Violence #Family #Love. This is his best yet.

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OhNoMersault
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Meh. Book of the Month has been so movie of the week for the last several months. This was a quick read in a cool setting but could have used a lot more character development and more fleshing out of generational poverty and class conflict.

Reviewsbylola I don‘t disagree. I liked it but it wasn‘t amazing. Their last few months have been extremely weak. 1y
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Book_Fairy_Mary
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There are some things worth dying for and some things worth killing for and some things that could make a man do all sorts of things he never knew he was capable of until the time came to do them.

David Joy, The Line That Held Us

RaimeyGallant Nice quote. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Book_Fairy_Mary Thank you so much! I could definitely use some tips! 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊🌸 1y
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Book_Fairy_Mary @Eggs thank you!! 😁 1y
Chelleo @Book_Fairy_Mary Welcome🤗 1y
Book_Fairy_Mary @Chelleo thank you!! 1y
rather_be_reading awesome! 1y
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DyAnne
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“For as tough as the men were in these mountains, the women had always been stone. They were used to loss, accustomed to never having enough. They were fit for the harshness of this world.”

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2BR02B
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Does anyone want this? BotM is sending me a new copy due to the loose pages you can see in the photo. I don't want two copies, but I'd feel bad donating a damaged (but still very readable) book to the library.

Anyway, comment below if you're interested.

Djspens I'd be interested. Sounds like a "good, in a bad way" book! I can Venmo you for shipping (edited) 1y
2BR02B @Djspens sure, can you email your address to 2BR02Book@gmail.com? 1y
Djspens Finally started this today. I think I'm going to like it! Kind of reminds me of one of my favorite sad, dark books, Brother, by Ania Ahlborn. I started out reading in my deck, a beautiful fall day. Then my husband fired up the smoker to smoke some venison that my son killed last weekend. (Btw that I refuse to eat) So whether I want to or not, I know a lot of what they're talking about at the beginning of this book 😳🙄 #citygirllivingwithhunters 1y
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2BR02B
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I'm rating this a pick even though I strongly dislike how the female character was written, and how the plot seemed to hinge on her being totally helpless. Ordinarily I find the word "gritty" to be overused with respect to literature, but in this instance I can't think of a more applicable adjective. This was dark stuff- tonally and psychologically- and the disquieting character of Dwayne Brewer will stick with me for some time.

#botm

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DyAnne
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Took a zillion books with me to Bend, OR for post-hike reading. On to Tahoe today!

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2BR02B
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It appears I was a little too quick to condemn #botm. I sent an email notifying them of my damaged book, and they replied within five minutes! Nice! 👌

CouronneDhiver Awesome! Great service 1y
Leftcoastzen Nice to see good service. 1y
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BooksGirlsCats
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Reading my latest #botm in Reykjavik airport! Pretty great airport, and appalachian murder is the perfect backdrop to 7am jet lag grumpiness 😂😂😂

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2BR02B
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WTF #BOTM? Seriously not loving the fact that this book is shedding pages as I'm reading it. Subscription renewal is looking less and less likely.

britt_brooke 😦 1y
Leftcoastzen Not acceptable! 1y
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vkois88 😱😱😱 1y
laurenlovesliterature 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼 1y
Q84 Oh no! 1y
vivastory No excuse for this 1y
LeahBergen 😡 1y
Kaye Wow 😮 1y
ephemeralwaltz 😱😱😱 1y
REPollock Wow, BotM is hitting bottom. That‘s a real bargain-basement binding. 1y
mrozzz This has happened to me a couple of times 😣 1y
Redwritinghood This just reaffirms my decision to cancel when my current credits run out. 1y
2BR02B @mrozzz Did you reach out to them at all for a replacement/refund? I'm considering it, but after all the negativity I've heard re: their customer service, I don't have high hopes of satisfaction. 1y
DoonTheGoon Oh no... I got this book and JUST signed up for BotM... I hope subscribing wasn't a mistake! 1y
2BR02B @DoonTheGoon If it's any consolation, I've been a member for two years, and bought around 60 books from them, and this is the first time I've encountered such shoddy production. Then again, they've changed up their business model quite a bit in the past year, so hopefully this isn't the beginning of a trend. 1y
DoonTheGoon @2BR02B That does make me feel better - here's hoping it's a fluke! Thanks! 1y
mrozzz No... I didn‘t like the books enough to want a replacement. But one book arrived torn and they immediately sent a replacement and another time the box got lost on the other side of the country and they also were great about quickly sending a replacement. 1y
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Artsywink
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It was a bit gruesome at times but I thought it was well written and it kept me interested.

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DyAnne
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“Everyone needs to be broken, he thought. Empathy‘s not standing over a hole looking down saying you understand. Empathy is having been in that hole yourself.”

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bookandcat
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Mehso-so

The bank's system has been down for two weeks so they told me to come in now that it's up so they can print my bank cards...been waiting here so long I started and FINISHED this book (I'm a fast reader but still). I'm counting it for #botmbacklog as it was a #botm selection though I did not pick it for my box. 3 stars, I liked it, it moves along at a fast pace, but it is dark, gory, and heavily focused on revenge, so I'm glad I don't own it.

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Reviewsbylola
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It‘s funny to me that the authors last name is Joy, because there really is nothing joyful in this book. 😂 It‘s dark, depressing, and gruesome. And I really liked it. Touted as “Appalachian noir”, this was a look into the consequences of our actions. #botm

LisaJo Davit Joy writes the best “grit-lit” doesn‘t he. I would also recommend Michael Faris Smith to you. Same style of writing. His books take place in Mississippi. Desperation Road so good. I probably recommended on Litsy like 100 times. 1y
Reviewsbylola Thanks for the recommendation! I just added it to by TBR. I love the term “grit lit!” @LisaJo (edited) 1y
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DoonTheGoon
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Well... I caved, and signed up for #BookOfTheMonth club. I honestly didn't mean to get 2 books with nearly identical color palettes! #botm

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Jbakesmcgee3
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Back to life, back to reality... flying back to Chicago and the start of my school year 🙃this book is a nice distraction to my nerves about going back to the best job ever (yes, teachers who love their job still get first day jitters!) 👩🏼‍🏫

Reviewsbylola I started this yesterday and I‘m really liking it. 1y
Jbakesmcgee3 @Reviewsbylola I loved that it had such a vibrant setting! It‘s very gruesome though! 1y
Reviewsbylola Yes, gruesome for sure!! I have 60 pages to go so I will finish it tonight! 1y
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cathipink
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Has anyone read this? I got it from my library after almost choosing it as my BOTM. It was *so gory* but the story is still rolling around in my mind a bit. Would love to hear what others think (or about this or other Joy books).

RaimeyGallant No, but it's an intriguing premise. 1y
Reviewsbylola I think I‘m starting this today. 1y
cathipink @Reviewsbylola I look forward to your thoughts! It's a really quick read. 1y
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