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The Line That Held Us

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 murdered 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.

The novel has been sold to Putnam. The publishing date has yet to be determined.

Contact Joy's agent, Julia Kenny, of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner for all business and rights inquiries [mail (at) dclagency (dot) com], or Elena Hershey of G.P. Putnam's Sons for publicity [ehershey (at) penguinrandomhouse (dot) com].


An early version of the opening chapter of The Line That Held Us is included as a short story titled, "Burning Off Into Forever," in a new anthology from Bottom Dog Press titled Appalachia Now. Joy is proud to have his work seated beside established names like Chris Offutt and Darnell Arnoult. To read more about the anthology, check out this review from Chapter 16.