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David Joy

When: Thu., March 9, 7 p.m. 2017

In his well-received debut novel, Where All Light Tends to Go, David Joy couched a coming-of-age story in a desperate, dangerous Appalachian milieu dominated by the meth trade and family bonds forged in hopelessness and violence. Joy incorporates similar elements in his second novel, The Weight of This World, but the storyline arcs wider as it heads toward its concluding meth-crazed road trip. Set in the mountains of North Carolina, the story focuses on Thad Broom, a soldier returning home from Afghanistan whose struggles to reconcile himself to the horrors of war are interrupted by a life-changing windfall from a drug deal gone wrong. Joy has earned significant praise for the "white-hot intensity" of his writing, and his skill in evoking the grittier end of the Southern landscape has earned comparisons to Faulkner and Harry Crews. —David Klein

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