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David Joy 

When: Sat., Feb. 6, 11 a.m. 2016
Saturday, Feb. 6 DAVID JOY

"Hope and faith are loaded guns," David Joy writes in Where All Light Tends to Go, a bleak, gripping novel that the INDY selected as one of the most notable books from North Carolina in 2015. Joy is a long-term resident of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and his debut novel resembles Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone in Appalachia instead of the Ozarks. Set among the methamphetamine-wrecked byways of a small, poor town in western N.C., it's a classically proportioned tale of fathers and sons, nature and nurture, poverty and fate. Even before Jacob McNeely dropped out of school, he was set apart from his peers by his last name. His dad is a backwoods gangster who dispenses meth and violent coercion. He has police on his payroll and bodies in the reservoir. Jacob's slim hope of escaping his hometown is straitened by his tragic ability to see the outside world without believing there's a place for him there. Joy has a powerful, precise command of the harsh lyricism of country noir. His sentences are as short and stark as the landscape of buckled shanties and scorched grass they describe. Even in coldly depicted scenes of brutality, he draws Jacob as someone with a stubborn moral compass, the needle twisted by circumstance but straining, against all odds, for true north. Joy reads from what The New York Times called "a remarkable first novel" at McIntyre's Books on Saturday. —Brian Howe

MCINTYRE'S BOOKS, PITTSBORO 11 a.m., free, www.fearrington.com

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