This Dark Road to Mercy (Large Print / Paperback)

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This Dark Road To Mercy is at once a compulsive page turner and a novel with characters and story so compelling and nuanced that you want to savor the experience. Easter and Ruby's mother is dead from an overdose, their deadbeat, failed minor league father relinquished custody years earlier and Easter is fiercely protective of her little sister. When their father kidnaps the girls from their foster home they are conflicted and mistrustful. As the three of them head west they are pursued by a violent sociopath and the girls' court-appointed guardian, one bent on vengeance and one on redemption. ~ Cathy

— Cathy is Lead Buyer at Tattered Cover with 30 years of experiece

February 2014 Indie Next List

“While the nation is consumed by the competition between home-run hitters Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, two young motherless girls in North Carolina are approached by their estranged and unpredictable ex-baseball-player father. Their court-appointed guardian becomes alarmed as a sinister man with an axe to grind reveals himself. Told in alternating voices, this spellbinding novel is reminiscent of the dark, spare work of Cormac McCarthy. At once gritty and evocative, This Dark Road to Mercy is riveting and not to be missed!”
— Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI


Wiley Cash's debut, hailed as "mesmerizing" (New York Times Book Review) and "as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite To Kill a Mockingbird" (Richmond Times-Dispatch), made him a literary sensation. His new novel is a tale of love and atonement, a story of two sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay.

When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter and six-year-old Ruby are shuffled into foster care. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, reappears and steals the girls away.

Now two men are on their trail but for very different reasons--one, a former detective and the girls' court-appointed guardian, who has linked Wade to a multimillion-dollar robbery and the other, a mercurial, angry man who is determined to claim his due. Narrated in alternating voices that are at once captivating and heartbreaking, This Dark Road to Mercy is a soulful story about the -emo-tional pull of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.

About the Author

Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home. A native of North Carolina, 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062278449
ISBN-10: 0062278444
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Pages: 338
Language: English