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Joy, PA

Joy, PA

A Novel

by Steven Sherrill
Paperback
Publication Date: 16/02/2015
RRP  $24.75 $23.25

A darkly insightful evocation of the post-industrial era, Joy, PA tells the story of a family teetering on the precipice of ruin. The Augenbaughs live in a broken and decaying town where the last vestiges of country-club wealth run up against the terrible realities of working-class poverty. Abigail, a fervent believer in the apocalyptic teachings of a radio preacher, is desperate to save her son from Judgment Day as she readies herself for the Rapture-due to arrive in just a few days. Her husband, Burns, has moved to the basement to live out his days in a medicated stupor, unable to cope with memories of his service in Iraq. Caught between the suffering of his mother and father, ten-year-old Willie fights the inherited demons that have savaged his parents' tenuous grasp on reality.

The somber drama surrounding the Augenbaughs plays out with a piercing and commanding lyrical beauty. Both transfixing and disconcerting, Steven Sherrill's empathetic portrait of alienation elicits hope and sympathy amidst shattered but no-less-dignified lives.

ISBN:
9780807159569
9780807159569
Category:
Fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
16-02-2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
215.9x139.7mm
Weight:
0.35kg
Steven Sherrill

Steven Sherrill is the author of five novels and a collection of poetry, and is an Associate Professor of English and Integrative Arts at Penn State Altoona. He earned an MFA in Poetry from Iowa Writers' Workshop and was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Fiction. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, the Kenyon Review and the Georgia Review. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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