An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2017
At four hundred pounds, Billy Brennan can always count on food. From his earliest memories, he has loved food’s colors, textures, and tastes. The way flavors go off in his mouth. How food keeps his mind still and his bad feelings quiet. Food has always made everything better, until the day Billy’s beloved son Michael takes his own life.
In Michael’s memory, Billy determines to make a difference and undertakes a public weight-loss campaign to raise money for suicide prevention—his first step in an ambitious plan to save himself and others. However, Billy’s dramatic crusade appalls his family, who simply want to get on with their lives.
Despite his crushing detractors, Billy garners welcome allies: his community, a coworker who lost his father to suicide, and a filmmaker with his own dubious agenda, as well as a secret, miniature kingdom that Billy populates with the sub-quality dolls and soldiers he rescues from disposal at the local toy factory where he works. But it is only if Billy can confront the truth of his pain and suffering and the brokenness around him that he and others will see the change they need.
Set in rural, contemporary Ireland, The Weight of Him is an unforgettable, bighearted novel about loss and reliance that moves from tragedy to recrimination to what can be achieved when we truly decide to take a stand.
“An achingly sad, achingly lovely novel that speaks to the essential core of our shared human experience. I will not soon forget it. Ethel Rohan, a prodigiously skilled short story writer, has proved herself…to be a master of the long form as well.”
Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“Ethel Rohan captures a blend of comedy and tragedy that is entirely true to family, hometown, and our own private struggles.”
Eowyn Ivey, New York Times bestselling author
“Ethel Rohan is a writer of great courage and emotional intelligence. She can also tell a damn good story. The Weight of Him is about loss and about life. It is involving, terrifying, and ultimately quite beautiful.”
Tom Barbash, New York Times bestselling author
“This painstakingly beautiful debut novel is emotional and thought-provoking…Readers will find themselves rooting for Billy, his sanity, and his family. A fantastic debut novel!”
RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“First-time novelist Rohan shows impressive acuity in portraying the many facets of Billy’s and his family’s grief.”
Tim Gerard Reynolds is an established audiobook narrator who has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fantasy Narration. He trained for the stage at the Samuel Beckett Center at Trinity College in Dublin and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in New London, Connecticut.
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- Publisher: Blackstone Audio
- Genre: Fiction/Literary
- ISBN-13: 9781441751133