Where All Light Tends to Go

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G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - 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, propulsive, The New York Times Book Review"Lyrical, dark and compelling. 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. 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. A finalist for the edgar Award for Best First Novel“Remarkable.

Where All Light Tends to Go #ad - 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.

From the Hardcover edition. 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.

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The Weight of This World

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G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - Between them is aiden McCall, loyal to both but unable to hold them together. A combat veteran returned from war, Thad Broom can’t leave the hardened world of Afghanistan behind, nor can he forgive himself for what he saw there. His mother, april, is haunted by her own demons, a secret trauma she has carried for years.

Connected by bonds of circumstance and duty, friendship and love, these three lives are blown apart when Aiden and Thad witness the accidental death of their drug dealer and a riot of dope and cash drops in their laps. On a meth-fueled journey to nowhere, they will either find the grit to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it.

The Weight of This World #ad - From the Hardcover edition. Critically acclaimed author david joy, whose debut, where all light tends to go, was hailed as “a savagely moving novel that will likely become an important addition to the great body of Southern literature” The Huffington Post, returns to the mountains of North Carolina with a powerful story about the inescapable weight of the past.

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The Line That Held Us

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G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - Worse yet, he's killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. From critically acclaimed author david joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again. When darl moody went hunting after a monster buck he's chased for years, he never expected he'd accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng.

What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp to when all that you have is gone? The only certainty in a place so shredded is that no one will get away unscathed. But when dwayne brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world.

The Line That Held Us #ad - The line that held us is a story of friendship and family, where the only hope is to hold on tight, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption, clenching to those you love. With nowhere to turn, darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper.

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Bull Mountain

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G.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - A story of family—the lengths men will go to protect it, honor it, or in some cases destroy it—Bull Mountain is an incredibly assured debut that heralds a major new talent in fiction. From the Hardcover edition. Panowich pulls off a daunting undertaking with astounding success. The storytelling is mesmerizing, with virtually every chapter set in a different timeline and focused on a single character, but the sense of immediacy carries over into each era.

And while the violence is shocking in its coldhearted brutality, it’s as aesthetically choreographed as any ballet. Marilyn stasio, and as with a shotgun blast, the new york times book Review“Brian Panowich stamps words on the page as if they’ve been blasted from the barrel of a shotgun, no one is safe from the scattered fragments of history that impale the people of Bull Mountain.

Bull Mountain #ad - Wiley cash, new york times-bestselling author of This Dark Road to Mercy From a remarkable new voice in Southern fiction, a multigenerational saga of crime, family, and vengeance. Clayton burroughs comes from a long line of outlaws. For generations, running shine, and meth over six state lines, pot, the Burroughs clan has made its home on Bull Mountain in North Georgia, virtually untouched by the rule of law.

To distance himself from his family’s criminal empire, Clayton took the job of sheriff in a neighboring community to keep what peace he can. But when a federal agent with the bureau of alcohol, test loyalties, Tobacco, and Firearms shows up at Clayton’s office with a plan to shut down the mountain, his hidden agenda will pit brother against brother, and could lead Clayton down a path to self-destruction.

In a sweeping narrative spanning decades and told from alternating points of view, the novel brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of the mountain and its inhabitants: forbidding, gritty, loyal, and ruthless.

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Desperation Road

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Lee Boudreaux Books #ad - Desperate and exhausted, the pair spend their last dollar on a room for the night, a night that ends with Maben running through the darkness holding a pistol, and a dead deputy sprawled in the middle o the road in the glow of his own headlights. With the dawn, destinies collide, and Russell is forced to decide whose life he will save--his own or those of the woman and child.

Delivered in powerful and lyrical prose, Desperation Road is a story of troubled souls twisted with regret and bound by secrets that stretch over the years and across the land. An amazon best book of the monthan indie next picka barnes & noble discover pickone of southern living's Best Southern Books of 2017In the vein of Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone and the works of Ron Rash, whiskey, a novel set in a tough-and-tumble Mississippi town where drugs, guns, and the desire for revenge violently intersect.

Desperation Road #ad - For eleven years the clock has been ticking for Russell Gaines as he sits in Parchman Penitentiary in the Mississippi Delta. His sentence is now up, and he believes his debt has been paid. But when he returns home, he soon discovers that revenge lives and breathes all around him. On the same day that russell is released from prison, a woman named Maben and her young daughter trudge along the side of the interstate under the punishing summer sun.

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The River of Kings: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press #ad - The altamaha is even rumored to harbor its own river monster, as well as traces of the oldest European fort in North America. Brothers hunter and lawton Loggins set off to kayak the river, bearing their father’s ashes toward the sea. Hunter is a college student, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, Lawton a Navy SEAL on leave; they were raised by an angry, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons are determined to solve.

Crossed by roads only five times in its 137 miles, direct descendants of eighteenth-century Highland warriors, the black-water river is home to thousand-year-old virgin cypress, and a staggering array of rare and endangered species. As the brothers proceed downriver, their story alternates with that of Jacques le Moyne, the first European artist in North America, who accompanied a 1564 French expedition that began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes.

Twining past and present in one compelling narrative, and illustrated with drawings that survived the 1564 expedition, myth, The River of Kings is Taylor Brown’s second novel: a dramatic and rewarding adventure through history, and the shadows of family secrets. Named one of the top 25 best novels of 2017 by Paste Magazine!“The most exciting literary adventure fiction I've read since Deliverance.

The River of Kings: A Novel #ad - Howard frank mosher, bestselling author of fallen land taylor brown artfully weaves three narrative strands—two brothers’ journey down an ancient river, their father’s tangled past, author of God's KingdomIn The River of Kings, and the buried history of the river’s earliest people—to evoke a legendary place and its powerful hold on the human imagination.

The altamaha river, georgia’s “Little Amazon, ” is one of the last truly wild places in America.

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Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press #ad - When rory's life is threatened, Granny must decide whether to reveal what she knows. Or protect her only grandson from the past. With gritty and atmospheric prose, Taylor Brown brings to life a perilous mountain and the family who rules it. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted '40 Ford coupe.

His grandmother, opposes this match for her own reasons, Maybelline “Granny May” Docherty, believing that "some things are best left buried. A folk healer whose powers are rumored to rival those of a wood witch, she concocts potions and cures for the people of the mountains while harboring an explosive secret about Rory’s mother - the truth behind her long confinement in a mental hospital, during which time she has not spoken one word.

Between deliveries to roadhouses, brothels, evades federal agents, he lives with his formidable grandmother, and private clients, and stokes the wrath of a rival runner. In the mill town at the foot of the mountains - a hotbed of violence, moonshine, and the burgeoning sport of stock-car racing - Rory is bewitched by the mysterious daughter of a snake-handling preacher.

Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel #ad - A fresh, authentic, and eloquent new voice in American fiction. Robert morgan, whiskey-runners, award-winning author taylor brown explores a world of folk healers, New York Times bestselling author of Gap CreekIn Gods of Howl Mountain, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina.

Bootlegger rory docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint.

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Fallen Land: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Pursued relentlessly by a murderous slave hunter, and ruthless ex-partisan rangers, tracking dogs, the couple race through a beautiful but ruined land, surviving on food they glean from abandoned farms and the occasional kindness of strangers. Ava, her father and brother lost to the war, hides in her crumbling home until Callum determines to rescue her from the bands of hungry soldiers pillaging the land, leaving destruction in their wake.

. In the end, as they intersect with the scorching destruction of Sherman's March, the couple seek a safe haven where they can make a home and begin to rebuild their lives. Dramatic and thrillingly written with an uncanny eye for glimpses of beauty in a ravaged landscape, Fallen Land is a love story at its core, and an unusually assured first novel by award-winning young author Taylor Brown.

Fallen Land: A Novel #ad - Callum, a seasoned horse thief at fifteen years old, came to America from his native Ireland as an orphan. An indie next pick and an okra 2016 winter selection!fallen land is Taylor Brown's debut novel set in the final year of the Civil War, as a young couple on horseback flees a dangerous band of marauders who seek a bounty reward.

Ava and callum have only each other in the world and their remarkable horse, Reiver, who carries them through the destruction that is the South.

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Rivers: A Novel

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Simon & Schuster #ad - Following years of catastrophic hurricanes, the Gulf Coast—stretching from the Florida panhandle to the western Louisiana border—has been brought to its knees. It had been raining for weeks. Realizing what’s in store for the women aggie is holding against their will, Cohen is faced with a decision: continue to the Line alone, or try to shepherd the madman’s captives across the unforgiving land with the biggest hurricane yet bearing down—and Cohen harboring a secret that may pose the greatest threat of all.

Eerily prophetic in its depiction of a southern landscape ravaged by extreme weather, Rivers is a masterful tale of survival and redemption in a world where the next devastating storm is never far behind. Maybe months. The region is so punished and depleted that the government has drawn a new boundary ninety miles north of the coastline.

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On the road north, he encounters a colony of survivors led by a fanatical, snake-handling preacher named Aggie who has dangerous visions of repopulating the barren region. He had forgotten the last day that it hadn’t rained, when the storms gave way to the pale blue of the Gulf sky, when the birds flew and the clouds were white and sunshine glistened across the drenched land.

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The Long Home

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Dzanc Books #ad - And it is the story of william tell oliver, a solitary old man who watches the growing evil from the dark woods and adds to his own weathered guilt by failing to do anything about it. Set in rural tennessee in the 1940s, longing, the long Home will bring to mind once again the greatest Southern novelists and will haunt the reader with its sense of solitude, and the deliverance that is always just out of reach.

In a literary voice that is both original and powerfully unsettling, William Gay tells the story of Nathan Winer, a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years ago to a human evil that is greater and closer at hand than any the boy can imagine - until he learns of it first-hand.

The Long Home #ad - Gay's remarkable debut novel, is also the story of Amber Rose, The Long Home, a beautiful young woman forced to live beneath that evil who recognizes even as a child that Nathan is her first and last chance at escape.

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Country Dark

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Grove Press #ad - He’s been awarded the whiting writers Award for Fiction/Nonfiction and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, among numerous other honors. But when his family is threatened, Tucker is pushed into violence, which changes everything. His first work of fiction in nearly two decades, Country Dark is a taut, compelling novel set in rural Kentucky from the Korean War to 1970

The story of people living off the land and by their wits in a backwoods Kentucky world of shine-runners and laborers whose social codes are every bit as nuanced as the British aristocracy, Country Dark is a novel that blends the best of Larry Brown and James M. Cain, with a noose tightening evermore around a man who just wants to protect those he loves.

Country Dark #ad - Tucker, a young veteran, returns from war to work for a bootlegger. He falls in love and starts a family, and while the Tuckers don’t have much, they have the love of their home and each other. Chris offutt is an outstanding literary talent, whose work has been called “lean and brilliant” New York Times Book Review and compared by reviewers to Tobias Wolff, Ernest Hemingway, and Raymond Carver.

It reintroduces the vital and absolutely distinct voice of Chris Offutt, a voice we’ve been missing for years.

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