When Mountain Times reviewed David Joy’s “The Line That Held Us” (Putnam) in August 2018, we made it clear that this North Carolina’s author’s mastery of Appalachian noir continued in this, his third novel. Following the haunting releases of “Where All Light Tends To Go” and “The Weight Of This World,” “The Line That Held Us” reverberates hard and fast with what Joy calls his ‘big ideas” — here friendship, family and a test of the bonds that do, or don’t, keep them together.

Now, with the paperback release of that novel (July 9), Joy will reach a new audience and a new test of his passion for character and place, which sometimes — oftentimes — are one and the same as he recreates the harsh environs of his Jackson County home in the Western North Carolina mountains.

For a replay of the Mountain Times interview with Joy about “The Line That Held Us,” visit https://bit.ly/2JtZasg.

For a copy of the paperback or other format, visit your favorite bookseller.

And, for an opportunity to meet Joy, check out his three-city regional tour with author Ace Atkins beginning July 16, in Greenville, S.C. Visit https://www.david-joy.com/events for more information.

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