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The Weight of This World

by David Joy

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The Weight of This World by David Joy
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2017
    272 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Critically acclaimed author David Joy returns to the mountains of North Carolina with a powerful story about the inescapable weight of the past.

A combat veteran returned from war, Thad Broom can't leave the hardened world of Afghanistan behind, nor can he forgive himself for what he saw there. His mother, April, is haunted by her own demons, a secret trauma she has carried for years. Between them is Aiden McCall, loyal to both but unable to hold them together. Connected by bonds of circumstance and duty, friendship and love, these three lives are blown apart when Aiden and Thad witness the accidental death of their drug dealer and a riot of dope and cash drops in their laps. On a meth-fueled journey to nowhere, they will either find the grit to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it.

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"Starred Review. Appalachia provides the evocative setting for this tale of a brutal world filled with violence and drugs ... Lyrical prose, realistic dialogue, and a story that illuminates the humanity of each character make this a standout." - Publishers Weekly

"With prose as lyrical as it is hard-edged, he captures men still pining for childhood and stunned to find themselves as grownups with blood on their hands. Joy is one to watch - and read." - Booklist

"Not a single word is wasted in The Weight of This World, a dark and violent literary page-turner that burns with a white hot intensity rarely found in fiction today. A perfectly executed novel, this is a book that will endure."- Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Heavenly Table

"David Joy's The Weight of This World is a tale of exquisite grit. A fearless writer, Joy is willing to go to all the dark places, but his voice and his heart serve as such strong beacons that we'll follow him and take our chances. Those chances pay off in a story that is as tense and harrowing as it is achingly tender. Don't miss this book." - Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me

"The Weight of This World is a savage and heartbreaking tragedy ... Joy has written about the cost of loyalty based in childhood friendships that no longer exist in the adult world, and how sacrifices made out of the love for another can lead to the ruin of the self." - Eric Rickstad, New York Times-bestselling author of Lie in Wait

"The Weight of This World is a beautiful nightmare of lives battered by the forces of serendipity and inevitability. Of lives swirling down the drain in a haze of meth, abuse, blood, and, of all things, love." - Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times-bestselling author of Where It Hurts

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David Joy is the author of The Line That Held Us (winner of the 2018 SIBA Book Prize), The Weight of This World, and Where All Light Tends to Go (Edgar finalist for Best First Novel). His stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in a number of publications, and he is the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey and a co-editor for Gather at the River: Twenty-Five Authors on Fishing. Joy lives in Tuckasegee, North Carolina.

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