The Weight of Him

The Weight of Him

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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. Billy determines to make a difference in Michael's memory and undertakes a public weight-loss campaign, to raise money for suicide prevention--his first step in an ambitious plan to save himself, and to save others. However, Billy's dramatic crusade appalls his family, who want to simply try to go on. Despite his crushing detractors, Billy gains welcome allies: his community-at-large; a co-worker who lost his father to suicide; a filmmaker with his own dubious agenda; and 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, suffering, and the brokenness around him, that he and others will be able to realize the full rescue and change they need. Set in rural, contemporary Ireland, The Weight of Him is an unforgettable, big-hearted novel about loss and reliance that moves from tragedy to recrimination to what can be achieved when we take the stand of our lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250092120
1250092124
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 22 cm

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sasie
Aug 16, 2017

I would have never picked this up based on the blurb but decided to try it on a friend's recommendation. I'm so glad I did as this book was a pleasant surprise. It takes some very serious family issues and weaves them into a well told story that was tasteful, moving and even a bit humorous. This book would be amazing for a book club. It will tug at your heart strings and leave you with loads to think about.

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readinJC
Jul 14, 2017

A sadly tragic story that plays out too often in raw lives of those who loose a loved one to suicide. Yet, it has light hearted moments and ends up being inspiring for anyone, but especially any one touched by the loss and mystery of suicide.

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