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  • Published: 15 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9780399574221
  • Imprint: Putnam
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $45.00

The Line That Held Us




From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again.

When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he's chased for years, he never expected he'd accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he's killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper. But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world. The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption, where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp to when all that you have is gone? The only certainty in a place so shredded is that no one will get away unscathed.

  • Published: 15 August 2018
  • ISBN: 9780399574221
  • Imprint: Putnam
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $45.00

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Praise for The Line That Held Us

Bleakly beautiful . . . [a] gorgeously written but pitiless novel about a region blessed by nature but reduced to desolation and despair

Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Darkly stunning Appalachian noir

Huffington Post

Scenes unfold at a furious pace, yet contain such rich description that readers will do well to read slowly, savoring Joy's prose . . . Joy's work perfectly aligns with the author's self-described ‘Appalachian noir’ genre, as a sticky film of desperation and tragedy cloaks everything his characters touch. April, Aiden and Thad are hopelessly conflicted, dripping with history and heartache, yet they cling to unique dreams about what life could look like if they carried a bit less weight of the world upon their shoulders

Associated Press

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