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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786491907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786491909
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Ethel Rohan shows herself to be one of those rare, courageous writers who dare to take on the 'ordinary' and show just how extraordinary it really is. A brave and moving book. -- John Banville The Weight of Him conjures all the grief and regret of a family who has suffered an insurmountable loss. Out of this burning sorrow rises Big Billy Brennan, a father who attempts the seemingly impossible - to change the world. Ethel Rohan captures a blend of comedy and tragedy that is entirely true to family, hometown, and our own private struggles. Poignant and inspiring. -- Eowyn Ivey, international bestselling author of THE SNOW CHILD 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, author of STAY UP WITH ME How can a story about death be so life affirming? Ethel Rohan's compassionate debut novel is sad, heartbreaking even, but also uplifting, a celebration of the determination to keep on trying. -- Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of MOTHERS, TELL YOUR DAUGHTERS The Weight of Him is 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, in this debut novel, to be a master of the long form as well. -- Robert Olen Butler, author of PERFUME RIVER Sweet and profound, true and honest, The Weight of Him is a book to make the world a better place. -- Elisabeth Gifford

About the Author

Ethel Rohan is the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former longlisted for The Edge Hill Prize and the latter named a 2010 Notable Story Collection by The Story Prize. Winner of the 2013 Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award, and shortlisted for the CUIRT, Roberts, and Bristol Short Story Prizes, her work has or will appear in The New York Times, World Literature Today, PEN America, Tin House Online, The Irish Times, BREVITY Magazine, and The Rumpus, among many others. She has reviewed books for New York Journal of Books and elsewhere. Raised in Dublin, Ireland, Ethel lives in San Francisco where she is a member of The Writers' Grotto and PEN America.

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What a beautiful, poignant, insightful read. I couldn't leave it down. Would highly recommend everyone to read this to give them an insight somewhat to the mind of the grief stricken and the wide-reaching effects of loosing a loved one. It might be fiction but it seemed very real to me.
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Fantasic read
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I loved this book & could immediately empathise with Billy's love/ hate relationship with food. I felt the author truly captured all the hurt, anger & despair one would feel having experienced tragedy such as suicide. At times I cringed at what Billy was doing such as shaving his head & appearing on national TV in full military attire but I could also understand how determined he was to get noticed if it helped prevent even one more suicide. I highly recommend this book & look forward to reading more by this author.
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Thank you to Netgalley for my review copy to review impartially.

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I read this book but I knew that it was not going to be a feel good novel. Obviously, from the very beginning there was huge sense of sadness to the writing. The author's descriptive prose was beautiful but I felt that I did not really connect with the family, most especially the main character. I found him to be a bit unbelievable and he seemed a little too pathetic. Maybe it was the frame of mind I was in but I could not finish the book - got to the 12th chapter before I gave up.
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This is the story of Billy and him being overweight, this is also the story of Billy trying to loose this weight but it is also the story of how Billy tries to come to terms with his eldest son taking his own life. You can't but love Billy, he tries very hard and is sometimes misunderstood.
I really enjoyed getting to know Billy and understood his problems with eating. I loved the writing style and the feelings that this story brought to me. I loved how threw everything into prevention of suicide. A great must read for 2017.
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