NC author talks about new book ‘The Line That Held Us’ and Appalachia

Author David Joy.Ashley T. Evans

North Carolina author David Joy has been touted by critics and other writers for his deep understanding of Appalachia.

“The Line That Held Us,” his latest book, is described as a “novel of Appalachian noir,” according to his publisher, G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

This story unfolds when Darl Moody accidentally kills a man instead of a “monster buck.” But Moody doesn’t want to face the retribution of the man’s family so he asks a friend to help him hide the murder.

The book will be published Aug. 14, and Joy has several book events scheduled in North Carolina.

Joy, who lives in Jackson County, explains he’s not writing about a region so much as about flawed people whose stories should resonate with people anywhere.

Joy writes in a 2017 essay, “Digging in the Trash,” that outsiders observe that Joy’s landscape is dotted with churches and trailers.

“What I hope they see too, though, is that this is a place sopping wet with raw emotion, a landscape drenched with humanity,” he writes in the essay published by The Bitter Southerner. “It is all I know, and it is beautiful.”

Joy, 34, who received his bachelor’s in literature at Western Carolina University, keeps his prose close to home. All of his work is set in his home of Jackson County, including his novels, “Where All Light Tends to Go,” and “The Weight of This World,” and the memoir, “Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey.”

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Author David Joy’s new book, “The Line That Held Us.”


David Joy will talk about his novel, “The Line That Held Us,” (G.P. Putnam Sons, Aug. 14) at several bookstores.

▪ Aug. 15, 7 p.m., at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, located in North Hills Shopping Center in Raleigh.

▪ Aug. 16, 7 p.m., at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.

▪ Aug. 18, 11 a.m., at McIntyre’s Books, 220 Market St., in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro.

 Aug. 18, 5 p.m. at Main Street Books, 126 S. Main St., Davidson


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