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
The critically-acclaimed author of the "New York Times" bestseller "A Land More Kind Than Home" returns with a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins.
When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are shuffled into the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina, a town not far from the Appalachian mountains. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor league baseball player whom they haven t seen in years, suddenly appears and wants to spend more time with them. Unfortunately, Wade has signed away legal rights to his daughters, and the only way he can get Easter and Ruby back is to steal them away in the middle of the night.
Brady Weller, the girls court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and he quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. But Brady Weller isn t the only one hunting the desperate father. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.
Narrated by Easter, Weller, and Pruitt in alternating voices that are at once captivating and heartbreaking, "This Dark Road to Mercy" is a story about the emotional 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.
Jenna Lamia is the acclaimed narrator of Mary E. Pearson's "The Adoration of Jenna Fox", which won a YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults award, and Carol Lynch Williams's "The Chosen One", for which Jenna received the 2010 solo narration (female) Audie Award.
Lamia made her Broadway debut in 1988 in "Ah, Wilderness", and she's also appeared off-Broadway in "The Glory Of Living", directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Her other acting credits include appearances on "Oz, Law & Order: SVU, The Jury, " and "NYPD Blue". She's also appeared in the films "The Fighter, The Box, " and "Something's Wrong in Kansas".She attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.
In praising Erik Bergmann's narration of "Robert Ludlum's The Moscow Vector", "AudioFile" magazine said, "Erik Bergmann skillfully infuses the myriad characters with distinct accents in this spine-tingling trek Bergmann moves this captivating plot from the frying pan into the nuclear furnace." Bergmann has also narrated books in "The Justice League "series as well as Stephen P. Kiernan's "The Curiosity, "whose cast won an "AudioFile "Earphones Award.Bergmann has been performing since the age of ten, practicing mimicry and character voices since he could form a syllable. Making a living doing voice-over work in New York City, Erik can also be heard narrating the "Area 51" and "Justice League" audiobook series, as well as the voice of Fred on the companion audiobook for the Warner Bros. feature film "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed". He has also dabbled in television, making appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and "Break a Leg" and doing voiceover work for "Random! Cartoons".