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Where All Light Tends to Go
Where All Light Tends to Go | David Joy
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A Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First NovelRemarkable . . . This isnt 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, hes 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 hes ever known.From the Hardcover edition.
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TuesdayReviews
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Took a big stack of books with me for my unexpected trip this week.

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Book_Fairy_Mary
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An amazing read in an amazing location. Our vacation in Aruba was unbelievable and so was David Joy's Where All Light Tends To Go.

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intothehallofbooks
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SO, SO fantastic. Gritty, bleak, dusty and rusty Southern Appalachian noir, set right here in NC (which y‘all know is my weakness 🙌🏻). Jacob sees no way out of the crappy circumstance that he was born into; his story just screams of resignation and longing for something else. There are very few times when I‘ve felt overcome with the weight of perfect language, but this is one of those times. A hard story at times, but oh-my-gosh so good.

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Anovelobsession
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Current read - this one reminds me of Donald Ray Pollack and Ron Rash. Dark, southern literature ...#currentread

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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
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Good short palate cleanser between some of the heavier books I‘ve been reading. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of Appalachia and the sense of adventure. One warning, though: it‘s a serious sausage fest.

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RidgewayGirl
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Just started this debut novel and it looks like a good one.

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AshleyS
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This was really good, but also very sad. I often forgot that Jacob is only 18, he seems so much older and has such a hard life. I really enjoyed the way this was written.

MyNamesParadise One of my favorites of 2015!!! His nextbook Weight of This World comes out next week!!! 3y
AshleyS @MyNamesParadise That sounds so good! I put a hold on it at the library. 3y
MyNamesParadise @AshleyS glad to be of service!! 😎😊📚📚 3y
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emilygatlin
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Yes, it is better to just let sleeping dogs lie. Because they keep you warm.

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emilygatlin
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My heat is out again (LOL 2016 YOU FUNNY) and I have to stay warm, so why wouldn't I wear Star Wars thermal underpants and read something dark?

PutnamKatie So good!! Loved this book. 3y
emilygatlin @KMcKee I'm hooked already on pg 21! 3y
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valeriegeary
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Sweepstakes alert! Putnam is giving away some rather thrilling looking books! https://sweeps.penguinrandomhouse.com/enter/putnam-mysterythriller-holiday-sweep...

DivineDiana Thank you! I entered! 😀📚 3y
valeriegeary @DivineDiana Fingers crossed! 3y
James Thanks for posting!! 3y
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DianeNY
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Not sure of what I think of this one. Anyone else read this book?

Jnine57 Is this one of those flaky ones? 3y
DianeNY Lol what do you mean by flaky? 3y
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SouthernLea

Joy's debut novel was a page turner and so relevant... Loved it!

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Well-ReadNeck
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While I'm not crazy about the name Grit Lit, I do love the genre (natch). Listened on audiobook and the narrator has the perfect accent. Good one on the theme of its hard to escape a small town/family.

Ubergeekygirl Grit lit? What is that? 3y
Demanda This sounds awesome! 3y
Laura317 Grit lit? 🤔 3y
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NatalieR I enjoyed this one on audio too. 3y
Well-ReadNeck @Laura317 Southern Literature (I feel like there is an implication of Deliverance bent?!) play on Gritty and Grits (i.e. The southern food), I think. Anyone know the origin?? 3y
ReadingEnvy I have this one signed by the author big haven't read it. My favorite grit lit writer so far is Bonnie Jo Campbell who writes the rural south amazingly well. (I've heard Joy is good too just haven't experienced him yet!) 3y
Well-ReadNeck @ReadingEnvy I love, love, love Bull Mountain, a debut by Brian Panowich. I'm putting Campbell on hold at the library!! Thanks!! 3y
ReadingEnvy Ooh will make note of Panowich, gracias! 3y
Well-ReadNeck @ReadingEnvy didn't recognize her name, but I've read Mothers, Tell Your Daughters. It's amazing!!! Which of her novels would you recommend that I start with? 3y
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