Joy, PA: A Novel

Joy, PA: A Novel

by Steven Sherrill

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807159583
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Series: Yellow Shoe Fiction
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 377,865
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

STEVEN SHERRILL, associate professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State, Altoona, is the author of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, published in 2000 and translated into eight languages; Visits from the Drowned Girl; and The Locktender's House. His collection of poems, Ersatz Anatomy, was published in 2010.

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