Those We Thought We Knew

David Joy


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Those We Thought We Knew by Joy, David
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"A beautifully fearless contemplation." -S. A. Cosby

From award-winning writer David Joy comes a searing new novel about the cracks that form in a small North Carolina community and the evils that unfurl from its center.

Toya Gardner, a young Black artist from Atlanta, has returned to her ancestral home in the North Carolina mountains to trace her family history and complete her graduate thesis. But when she encounters a still-standing Confederate monument in the heart of town, she sets her sights on something bigger.

Meanwhile, local deputies find a man sleeping in the back of a station wagon and believe him to be nothing more than some slack-jawed drifter. Yet a search of the man's vehicle reveals that he is a high-ranking member of the Klan, and the uncovering of a notebook filled with local names threatens to turn the mountain on end.

After two horrific crimes split the county apart, every soul must wrestle with deep and unspoken secrets that stretch back for generations. Those We Thought We Knew is an urgent unraveling of the dark underbelly of a community. Richly drawn and bracingly honest, it asks what happens when the people you've always known turn out to be monsters, what do you do when everything you ever believed crumbles away?

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Published: 08/01/2023
Pages: 400
Weight: 1.3lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.38w x 1.28d
ISBN: 9780525536918

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 03/01/2023 pg. 11
Kirkus Reviews 06/15/2023
Publishers Weekly 07/03/2023
Library Journal 07/01/2023 pg. 64
Booklist 08/01/2023 pg. 26

About the Author
David Joy is the author of When These Mountains Burn (winner of the 2020 Dashiell Hammett Award), The Line That Held Us (winner of the 2018 SIBA Book Prize), The Weight of This World, and Where All Light Tends to Go (Edgar finalist for Best First Novel). Joy lives in Tuckasegee, North Carolina.