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Critically acclaimed author David Joy, whose debut, Where All Light Tends to Go, was hailed as "a savagely moving novel that will likely become an important addition to the great body of Southern literature" (The Huffington Post) , returns to the mountains of North Carolina with a powerful story about the inescapable weight of the past. A combat veteran returned from war, Thad Broom can't leave the hardened world of Afghanistan behind, nor can he forgive himself for what he saw there. His mother, April, is haunted by her own demons, a secret trauma she has carried for years. Between them is Aiden McCall, loyal to both but unable to hold them together. Connected by bonds of circumstance and duty, friendship and love, these three lives are blown apart when Aiden and Thad witness the accidental death of their drug dealer and a riot of dope and cash drops in their laps.



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David Joy

David Joy is the author of the novels Where All Light Tends to Go (Putnam, 2015) , The Weight Of This World (Putnam, 2017) , and The Line That Held Us (Putnam, TBD) , as well as the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey (Bright Mountain Books, 2011) , which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Joy is the recipient of an artist fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, and has been nominated for awards such as the Pushcart Prize. He is represented by Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson, and Lerner.

He lives in Webster, North Carolina.



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