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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sweet and profound, true and honest, The Weight of Him is a book to make the world a better place. -- Elisabeth Gifford 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 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 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 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 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

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How do you carry on, when you lose someone you love? A poignant and moving story about Big Billy Brennan, obese and heartbroken, and his struggle to lose weight while coming to terms with the death of his eldest son.

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