Please join us to welcome critically acclaimed and bestselling author Wiley Cash back to Octavia Books when he gives a reading and signs his new novel, THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY.
“This Dark Road to Mercy is a terrific, moving and propulsive novel: Harper Lee by way of Elmore Leonard."
—Jess Walter, New York Times best-selling author of Beautiful Ruins and We Live in Water
“Wiley Cash knows how to grab his reader on page one and hang on for dear life as he presents brilliant portraits of desperate people caught up in an underworld where danger, damage, drugs, and fractured families are all clasped in the tight fist of poverty.”
—Lee Smith, New York Times best-selling author of Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger and On Agate Hill
“On the heels of his wildly successful debut, Wiley Cash has written another winner. It's a time capsule and at times an edgy thriller, but at its fine emotional center it’s all about what it means to be a father."
—Jill McCorkle, New York Times best-selling author of Life After Life and Going Away Shoes
Following his debut success A Land More Kind Than Home, which earned accolades such as New York Times Notable Book of the Year; IndieNext Pick; SIBA Fiction of the Year; and was a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize Finalist, Wiley Cash once again delivers a heartfelt and gripping narrative in his new novel, THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY.
The heart of the rural South is a wonderous place where you’ll find fields of yellow corn for days, music that eases the soul, and humble hospitality from many—but nowhere is perfect. In Gastonia, North Carolina, there are kind, goodhearted folks all around, but there’s also a distinct darkness, a danger that is hard to capture or identify, and it lingers nonetheless. Easter Quillby and her little sister Ruby experience this firsthand when their errant father, Wade Chesterfield, returns to break his girls out of the foster home where they have been living since their mother’s death. There are men who don’t like seeing their slice of heaven disrupted by people like Wade, and soon, he and his daughters are running from the law, and a violent, unpredictable man who will stop at nothing to inflict his revenge.
Cash’s signature Southern literary voice brings this soulful, disturbing and evocative story vividly to life—a story about the unbreakable bond of family and the primal desire to outrun a past you can never forget.
Wiley Cash holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he studied fiction writing under Ernest J. Gaines. He has held residency positions at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Hailed as "mesmerizing" (New York Times Book Review) and "as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird" (Richmond Times-Dispatch), A Land More Kind Than Home made Wiley Cash an instant literary sensation.
For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to an act that will have repercussions.