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David Joy: The Line That Held Us

Some truly dark pastimes come out of these Carolina mountains. It was here that Popcorn Sutton stilled his shine. Running it gave rise to stock-car racing and NASCAR. Add to that lineage the stories of David Joy. A Western Carolina University graduate who lives somewhere in the N.C. mountains where his tales are set, Joy published his first novel, Where All Light Tends to Go, in 2015. A brutal coming-of-age tale set in violent, hardscrabble badlands of meth and trailer parks, it earned him high praise as well as an Edgar Award nomination. His second novel, last year's The Weight of This World (Random House), returned to the scene of the crime. An Afghanistan combat veteran embarked on a "meth-fueled journey to nowhere" after getting mixed up in a drug dealer's accidental death. Expect more bleak beauty in Joy's latest, The Line That Held Us.Eryk Pruitt

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