Books from the Backlog #313

Posted April 11, 2024 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 12 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #313Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy
Narrator: MacLeod Andrews
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, Penguin Audio on March 3, 2015
Genres: Fiction / Literary
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes
Pages: 264
Source: Purchased
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THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DEVIL'S PEAK—starring Billy Bob Thornton, Robin Wright, Hopper Penn, and Jackie Earle Haley!

In the country-noir tradition of Winter's Bone meets Breaking Bad, a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption—a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

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.

“Remarkable...This isn’t your ordinary coming-of-age novel, but with his bone-cutting insights into these men and the region that bred them, Joy makes it an extraordinarily intimate experience.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Lyrical, propulsive, dark and compelling. Joy knows well the grit and gravel of his world, the soul and blemishes of the place.”—Daniel Woodrell

Why did I add Where All Light Tends to Go to my bookshelf?

Several years ago, I read The Line That Held Us by David Joy and immediately knew I needed to read everything this author had written. I quickly got my hands on copies of his previous books and have eagerly awaited each new release. This is his first book and I am eager to get started with it. I am curious to see how much he has grown as a writer. I have a print copy and the audiobook and it looks pretty short so hopefully I can cross it off my list very soon.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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12 responses to “Books from the Backlog #313

  1. Ooh nice pick! That’s a new to me one! I do find that if I like a book by a new to me author I will immediately start looking up their backlist! I’m glad with some authors I read that I am caught up! I couldn’t imagine trying to get caught up on Kelley Armstrong now! I’m still pretty behind as it is! Lol!

  2. Just reading the blurb tells me this one will dig deep into the emotions and immerse the reader in the setting. Hope you can get to it soon, Carole.

  3. I hope you love his first book. I’ve never read anything from this author but it’s so great when you find an author that you want to inhale their whole backlist!

  4. I haven’t read anything by this author but it’s a good sign that you decided after one that you must have all their books. I hope you get this one read soon! It looks like a good read.