Where All Light Tends To Go

Where All Light Tends To Go

Book - 2015
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"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"--
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2015.
ISBN: 9780399172779
Branch Call Number: FIC Joy
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 24 cm.


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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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