Welcome to David-Joy.com
Welcome to the official site of Appalachian writer David Joy. Joy is the author of Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey, a memoir released in September 2011 that was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award for Creative Nonfiction. He currently has two manuscripts being marketed, a novel titled Where All Light Tends to Go, and a work of creative nonfiction titled Ruth: A Beautiful Dismantling. 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. Take a look around the site and feel free to contact the author with any questions or concerns that you may have.
"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.
Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner representing Joy's first novel, Where All Light Tends to Go
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."
Check back often for updates on the status of the work.
Order a copy of Growing Gills from your local Indie Bookstore
Joy strongly urges readers to buy their copies of Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey and all other books on their reading lists from their local independent bookstore. While copies are available through all major retailers, there has never been a more important time to support your local economy and the first step in this process is to patronize the stores owned by your neighbors. IndieBound.org makes it easy for you to track down your local bookstore to buy a copy of Growing Gills. Just click the book cover to the right in order to redirect to IndieBound and buy an online copy from an indie bookstore. You can also get to the site by clicking here.