The Weight of this World

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Author: Joy, David

Brand: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Reprint

Number Of Pages: 304

Release Date: 05-06-2018

Details: Product Description 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. 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. Between them is Aiden McCall, loyal to both but unable to hold them together. 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. Review Praise for The Weight of This World “Bleakly beautiful. . . [a] gorgeously written but pitiless novel about a region blessed by nature but reduced to desolation and despair.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review“Darkly stunning Appalachian noir.” —Huffington Post “Scenes unfold at a furious pace, yet contain such rich description that readers will do well to read slowly, savoring Joy's prose. . . .  Joy's work perfectly aligns with the author's self-described ‘Appalachian noir’ genre, as a sticky film of desperation and tragedy cloaks everything his characters touch. April, Aiden and Thad are hopelessly conflicted, dripping with history and heartache, yet they cling to unique dreams about what life could look like if they carried a bit less weight of the world upon their shoulders.”—Associated Press “Joy is a remarkably gifted storyteller. The life he fuels into his characters is so high-test that if they are not lying face down in a pool of blood by novel’s end, they keep rambling through the mind. . . . How these characters deal with their demons gives redemption a new dimension.”— Charlotte Observer “Reeks of authenticity; this world is grisly and bleak. . . [Joy] tells a hell of a story.”— Shelf Awareness “Joy kicks the doors wide open with The Weight Of This World, a rollicking, methamphetamine fueled drug-deal-gone-bad odyssey through the backwoods and back roads of Western North Carolina. It’s that line between what is right under the eyes of God and what is rightfully your — perhaps — one and only chance for something more. . . [Joy is] one of the bright flames of this next generation of southern noir novelists.”— Smoky Mountain News   “Joy explores the darkness of an area that many people experience only through tourism, where characters ravaged by addiction, domestic violence, and an economy that refuses to rebound scramble to change their lives. It’s a tough, but beautiful and perhaps necessary, read.”— WNC Magazine   “Beautifully destructive . . . There’s a purpose to every sentence and every line of dialogue Joy writes. He’s searching for answers to deeper truths about violence, trauma, and family; it just so happens that his path to answers tends to lead down the barrel of a gun. . . . Features one of the best, and most satisfying, endings to a crime fiction novel I’ve ever read.”— “David Joy got our attention in 2015 with his debut  Where All Light Tends To Go. The searing rural noir proved there was still a lot to mine from the subgenre. Now Mr. Joy picks up his tools and goes down even deeper into that dark hole with  The Weight Of This World. . .  Joy takes the blueprint for a crime fiction plot done many times and spins something unique and poignant through his damaged characters.”—MysteryPeople  “Appalachia provides the evocative setting for this tale of a brutal world filled with violence and drugs. . . Lyrical prose, realistic dialogue, and a story that illuminates

EAN: 9780399574245

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: New