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David Joy

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David Joy was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1983. Joy moved to Cullowhee, North Carolina in 2003 to study literature at Western Carolina University. He received a BA in Literature in 2007 and an MA in Professional Writing in 2009. He mentored under Deidre Elliott, Ron Rash, and Pamela Duncan.

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction
New Books
Non fiction
   Growing Gills (2011)
Edgar Awards Best First Book nominee (2016) : Where All Light Tends to Go
Macavity Awards Best First Book nominee (2016) : Where All Light Tends to Go

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Sweet Thing (2023)
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Ozark Dogs (2023)
Eli Cranor
"A sophomore effort of remarkable scope and stride, Ozark Dogs is a saga of blood spilt and blood owed, which at its bones reveals how far we will go to protect the ones we love. Eli Cranor is a fire that is growing."
The Devil Takes You Home (2022)
Gabino Iglesias
"The Devil Takes You Home is carried by a voice and rhythm, shaving sharp and wholly indelible. Iglesias never fails to keep a masterful foot on the pedal, feathering off the gas at times only to inevitably press it to the floor and pin us to our seats."
Rose Royal (2022)
Nicolas Mathieu
"Reminiscent of Chopin's The Awakening, Nicolas Mathieu has delivered a brief, fierce glimpse of lives compounded and compressed beneath the weight of patriarchy, where the control is as often mental as physical and the violence is as much silent as deafening."
You Want More (2020)
George Singleton
"People always ask what the one book you’d take to a deserted island. For me, it might be this one."
Even As We Breathe (2020)
Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
"A period piece that illuminates and echoes our current time. A powerful story told by voices that ring true as scripture. Even As We Breathe is an awakening. This is a masterful debut from the writer we need right now."

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