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In Michael's memory, Billy determines to make a difference and undertakes a public weight-loss campaign to raise money for suicide prevention - his first step in an ambitious plan to save himself and others. However, Billy's dramatic crusade appalls his family, who simply want to get on with their lives. Despite his crushing detractors, Billy garners welcome allies: his community, a coworker who lost his father to suicide, and a filmmaker with his own dubious agenda, as well as a secret miniature kingdom that Billy populates with the subquality 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 and suffering and the brokenness around him that he and others will see the change they need.
Set in rural contemporary Ireland, The Weight of Him is an unforgettable, bighearted novel about loss and reliance that moves from tragedy to recrimination to what can be achieved when we truly decide to take a stand.
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By Jeff Lacy on 03-31-18
Authentic performance and emotional integrity
The Weight of Him is a novel of emotional integrity and courage. It is a profoundly poignant drama with great wisdom and insight. Rohan’s writing is vivid and generous that captures the tone of scenery, time, character, and space. The characters are painted compellingly and distinctively. This novel puts Rohan in the same conversation with John Banville, Donal Ryan, Sebastian Barry, Roddy Doyle. The writing is masterful. The plot is heartbreaking and inspiring. The story is entertaining I am reminded of Judith Guest’s 1970’sish novel Ordinary People.