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    Mountains and Jackson County, North Carolina

  • Businesses pair to celebrate Joy's book release

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    On Friday, March 6, David Joy of Webster will bring his national book tour for "Where All Light Tends To Go," to City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, N.C.

    At 6:30 p.m., Joy will be reading from the book. This will be a joint event partnering with Innovation Brewing, who will be releasing a limited edition "Where All Light Tends To Go," barrel-aged Imperial Stout in honor of the novel. 

    The event is free and open to the public.

    In the country-noir tradition of Winter’s Bone meets Breaking Bad, a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption. 

    The area surrounding Cashiers, N.C., is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually. The only joy he finds comes from reuniting with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger and better things than their hardscrabble town. 

    Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when he botches a murder and sets off a trail of escalating violence, he’s faced with a choice: stay and appease his kingpin father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves. In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above the only life he’s ever known. 

    Praise for Where All Light Tends to Go

    Daniel Woodrell, New York Times-bestselling author of Winter’s Bone and The Maid’s Version, said, “Where All Light Tends to Go is lyrical, propulsive, dark and compelling. In this debut novel, David Joy makes it clear that he knows well the grit and gravel of his world, the soul and blemishes of the place. He uses details that put us inside the picture, and lets his narrative move at a graceful but restless pace.”

    Ron Rash, PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times-bestselling author of Serena, had this to say: "David Joy has written a savage and moving account of a young man’s attempt to transcend his family’s legacy of violence. Where All Light Tends to Go is an outstanding debut and a fine addition to the country noir vein of Southern Literature."

    Where All Light Tends to Go is scheduled for release from G.P. Putnam's Sons on March 3, 2015. The book is available for pre-order through a variety of outlets. 

    Putnam recently sold the French rights for Where All Light Tends to Go to Sonatine Editions. Sonatine has a wonderful history, including the translations of writers like Gillian Flynn, Larry McMurty, Meg Wolitzer, and Harry Crews. Joy is extremely excited about having his work represented in the French market.

     

     

  • Located in the North Carolina Mountains and right in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jackson County is the ideal location for your next mountain getaway. Whatever it is you are looking for in your trip, we have it, from great accommodations, including cabin rentals, to wonderful activities, including rafting, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, and camping. Jackson county creek

    Once you’ve found the right place to stay, whether it is a quaint Great Smoky Mountain cabin, or a friendly bed & breakfast, you will be ready to start you adventure in the North Carolina Mountains. If you enjoy fishing, the Tuckasegee River and many lakes and streams offer superb options, or you can take in the mountain scenery and wildlife on one of the area’s many hiking trails. Maybe you want to test your golf game and you can do just that on one of Jackson County’s many classic mountain golf courses. 

    Dillsboro LuminariesJourney back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.

    When you plan your next mountain vacation to Jackson County and the Great Smoky Mountains, you will want to be sure that you select just the right accommodations for your visit. The options here in the North Carolina Mountains are certainly diverse and offer something for everyone and every budget. There’s so much just waiting for you to enjoy in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains.

     

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