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David Joy is the author of the novels Where All Light Tends to Go (Putnam, 2015) and The Weight Of This World (Putnam, 2017), 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 is represented by Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.

Where All Light Tends To Go
(Putnam, 2015)

In the country-noir tradition of Winter’s Bone meets Breaking Bad, a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption.

In the meth-dealing McNeely family, killing a man is a rite of passage, but when eighteen-year-old Jacob 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, Where All Light Tends to Go, blood is thicker than water and Jacob McNeely is drowning in it. [To read more on Where All Light Tends to Go click here]

 

The Weight Of This World
(Putnam, 2017)

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. On a meth-fueled journey to nowhere, they will either find the grit to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it. The Weight Of This World is scheduled for release on March 7, 2017 from Putnam Books. [To read more on The Weight Of This World click here]

The Line That Held Us (Putnam, TBD)

When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he’s chased for years, he never expected he’d accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he’s murdered a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper. But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world. The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp to when all that you have is gone? The only certainty in a place so shredded is that no one will get away unscathed.

Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey
(Bright Mountain Books, 2011)

Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey by David JoyGrowing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey delves into David Joy's obsession with fish. With a closer connection to fish than to humans, the author works to reveal why he is inherently defined by the piscine world. Topics range from environmentalism to family, Rousseau's "noble savage" to the ones that got away, places that remain wild to the worn cork of rods, the beauty of native trout to the art of fly tying. Ultimately, by revealing the reasons for his obsession, Joy is able to understand the man he has become.

Ron Rash, author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist Serena, had this to say about the memoir: "If any human could grow gills, it would be David Joy. His life-long connection to fish is vividly realized in this book, in large part because of his poetic language and sensibility. Growing Gills is a book anyone interested in our connection to the natural world will relish...[To read more on Growing Gills click here]