The Weight of Him (Paperback)Ethel Rohan (author)
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How do you carry on, when you lose someone you love?
Big Billy Brennan has suffered the greatest tragedy a parent can know - he has just lost his son. His family is reeling, and his marriage is a partnership in name alone. Billy is also obese: at nearly 30 stone, he can barely walk down the street without breaking a sweat. In his small Irish town, he can't escape his notoriety. So Billy decides to take on the two things weighing him down - his grief, and his fat - and in doing so he's going to try to stop the terrible plague of suicide that is haunting the youth of Ireland.
The Weight of Him is an unforgettable, big-hearted novel about loss and recovery, and what can be achieved when an everyday hero finds the courage to transform his life.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 437 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 24 mm
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
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“Not too weighty, but worth reading.”
This is well written and deals sensitively with suicide, and weight. It’s clear from the beginning that Big Billy is ‘Big’ because he uses food to cope with emotions, and it is this exploration of emotion - both his,... More
“Heartbreaking but heartening”
I loved this book. Whilst feeling heartbroken for what Billy and his family went through and angry at the way his family and people around him treated him, I was cheering him on as he started his weight loss and... More
“A poignant novel on loss and grief”
Tackling the subject of suicide sensitively is so important, and Rohan does this incredibly well. Michael Brennan is just present enough and we don't get fed simple reasons for his suicide. Instead, he seemed... More
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