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Welcome to the official site of Appalachian writer David Joy. Joy is the author of the novels Where All Light Tends to Go (Putnam, 2015) and Waiting On The End Of The World (Putnam, 2016), 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. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in journals such as Pisgah Review, Flycatcher, and Drafthorse Literary Journal. He is represented by Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.

Where All Light Tends to Go to be released March 3 and is available for pre-order now!

In the country-noir tradition of Winter’s Bone meets Breaking Bad, Where All Light Tends to Go is a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption.

Daniel Woodrell, New York Times-bestselling author of Winter’s Bone and The Maid’s Version, said, “Where All Light Tends to Go is lyrical, propulsive, dark and compelling. In this debut novel, David Joy makes it clear that he knows well the grit and gravel of his world, the soul and blemishes of the place. He uses details that put us inside the picture, and lets his narrative move at a graceful but restless pace.”

Where All Light Tends to Go is scheduled for release from G.P. Putnam's Sons on March 3, 2015. The book is available for pre-order through a variety of outlets. To pre-order a copy or put it on your waiting list click here.

"The Line That Held Us" in current Pisgah Review

"The Line That Held Us" appears in the current, Winter 2013 issue of Pisgah Review. The story follows a young boy’s search for acceptance in a bluegrass family. Always watching his father play banjo but never revealing his on musical talent, Jonathan finally gets a chance to perform after being discovered peering in on band practice. Once inside, he finds what his father has always meant by “making it your own.” [Pisgah Review 7.1 (Winter 2013): 26-34]




Putnam purchases world rights to Joy's second novel, Waiting On The End Of The World

Putnam has purchased world rights to Joy's second novel, a work tentatively titled Waiting On The End Of The World: "When two addicts witness the accidental suicide of their drug dealer and a riot of dope and money suddenly lands in the laps of men who couldn't be trusted with the responsibility of a grocery list, what ensues is an epic journey with nowhere to go, a meth-fueled race toward disaster." Putnam has also sold French translation rights to Sonatine Editions. Sonatine has a wonderful history, including the translations of writers like Gillian Flynn, Larry McMurty, Meg Wolitzer, and Harry Crews, and is also who brought Joy's first novel, Where All Light Tends to Go, to the French Market. Joy is very grateful to his agent Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner, and is equally happy to be continuing work with his editor Sara Minnich of Putnam. The novel is tentatively scheduled for the Winter 2016 line up.