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Welcome to David-Joy.com

David JoyWelcome 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 latest works have appeared or are awaiting publication in The Pisgah Review, Flycatcher, Drafthorse Literary Journal, Smoky Mountain Living, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Bird Watcher's Digest. His work is represented by Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.

Putnam to release Where All Light Tends to Go next winter

Where All Light Tends to Go by David JoyJoy's breakthrough novel Where All Light Tends to Go---pitched in the vein of Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone meets the hit television series "Breaking Bad"---was recently sold by Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner to Sara Minnich at Putnam.

In the meth-dealing McNeely family, killing a man is a rite of passage, but when eighteen-year-old Jacob McNeely botches a murder, he is torn between appeasing his kingpin father or leaving the mountains with the girl he loves. In this first-person Appalachian noir, blood is thicker than water and Jacob McNeely is drowning in it.

Ron Rash, PEN/Faulkner finalist and NY Times bestselling author of Serena, had this to say: "David Joy has written a savage and moving account of a young man’s attempt to transcend his family’s legacy of violence. Where All Light Tends to Go is an outstanding debut and a fine addition to the country noir vein of Southern Literature."

The novel is scheduled for release in Winter 2015 from Putnam. Check back often for updates.

Putnam sells French translation rights for Where All Light Tends to Go to Sonatine Editions

Putnam recently sold the French rights for Where All Light Tends to Go to Sonatine Editions. Sonatine has a wonderful history, including the translations of writers like Gillian Flynn, Larry McMurty, Meg Wolitzer, and Harry Crews. Joy is extremely excited about having his work represented in the French market.

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." 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 to be in the Winter 2016 line up.

"The Stars Shall Withdraw Their Shining" nominated for 2013 Pushcart Prize by Flycatcher

"The Stars Shall Withdraw Their Shining," a short story appearing in the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Flycatcher, was recently nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize by the editorial staff of the journal. The short story follows a young boy’s immersion into the harsh realities of an adult world. As the cold of an Appalachian winter sets in, the boy finds himself riddled in a world of poverty and disappointment, a place where a small deer offers the only chance of survival. To read the full story click here. Check back often for updates.