Where All Light Tends to Go

Where All Light Tends to Go

Book - 2015
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""Lyrical, propulsive, dark and compelling. Joy knows well the grit and gravel of his world, the soul and blemishes of the place."--Daniel Woodrell. In the country-noir tradition of Winter's Bone meets 'Breaking Bad, ' a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption. The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually. The only joy he finds comes from reuniting with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger and better things than their hardscrabble town. Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he's faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves. In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above the only life he's ever known"-- Provided by publisher.
"Set in North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains, eighteen-year-old Jacob McNeely is torn between appeasing his meth-dealing kingpin father and leaving the mountains forever with the girl he loves"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780399172779
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 29, 2017

Back in the year of our Lord 19 and 82 my sweet Mormon mother (freshly excommunicated) moved out to LA to be near her boyfriend's prison. She was soon living with a new coke dealer from East LA whom was an awful lot like Cheech Marin unless you owed him money. No, Jose' Jesus Camargo was not scared of the yuppies we collected from. I only saw him afraid twice and once was he moved to the Midwest and had to come down and the other time was when we were in East St. Louis whose reputation apparently exceeded East LA. Anywho, things just seemed to go smoother having two crazy white boys from St. Joseph, Missourah carrying a length of Northern White Ash. The guy with eyes the size of billboards just starred as my brother and I loaded up the trailer with items of value circa 1982 like Compact Discs, gold, Compatct Disc players and the ubiquitous jet ski. This novel reminded me of that time period and while it may sound extreme it was no more abnormal to me than being told Jesus visited the Incan Jews in 79 AD for four hours every Sunday. Besides, some of the very best people I've ever met have come from or are still apart of that world. But there's really only one Mormon I ever liked but she's my cousin, doesn't wear magic underwear, fills me in on all the LDS After Dark I can't recall from the 70's and she laughs at all my jokes so what's not to like? Thus, I personally found it refreshing to read about a similar if not darker, fictionalized version of my vigorously led life.

I was so surprised by the twist at the end that I flipped back a couple chapters and read it again! Author David Joy will be on two panels at the Tucson Festival of Books in March 2016!

Nov 05, 2015

No rating. I realize the diversity of our country...that said, this was so full of negativity I gave up rather quickly. No way would I compare this to Winter Bone.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Aug 19, 2015

I tend to gravitate towards hard-knock stories that take place in small town America, the south in particular, but I did not love this one. Too many plot contrivances and oddly, the characters seemed like under-developed caricatures, if that makes sense.

Apr 22, 2015

When I learned this book was set in Cashiers, NC , a place my family once called home, I eagerly checked it out. I found many familiar locations (Glenville Lake, Yellow Mountain, and more) that added to my reading experience as I pictured the area. Jacob is a very sympathetic character, repeatedly trying to do what's right in terribly wrong situations. Not for the faint of heart, this novel contains some brutal scenes. In fact, were it not for the setting, I may not have read this book, but thanks to David Joy's fine wordsmithing, I'm very glad I did.

Mar 30, 2015

This fellow Joy is a very good writer. Sample:

"I'd always loved that about her. I'd always loved her"
"My mother was the definition of rode hard and put up wet"

I can't wait until his next book.


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PimaLib_ElizabethT Apr 30, 2015

Dead men tell no tales, Jacob. The ones left to living are the ones who write the history.


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