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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] beautiful, brutal book.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “[Joy’s] moments of poetic cognizance are the stuff of fine fiction…Where All Light Tends To Go is a book that discloses itself gradually, like a sunrise peeking over a distant mountain range.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “[A] fast-paced debut thriller…Fans of Ron Rash’s novels will appreciate the intricate plot and Joy’s establishment of a strong sense of place in his depiction of rural Appalachia.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Narrator MacLeod Andrews’s mild Southern accent and youthful tone are a perfect match for the eighteen-year-old protagonist of this dark, violent audiobook…Andrews’ performance keys into the rhythm and emotions of the story…As the boy becomes more entangled in the horrific underbelly of his father’s world, however, Andrews increases the tension, bringing Jacob’s anger and frustration to the forefront. Listeners are in for a riveting and surprising journey.”


  • A March 2015 LibraryReads Pick
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