The Weight of Him, Ethel Rohan
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The Weight of Him

Author: Ethel Rohan

Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds

Unabridged: 11 hr 13 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 02/14/2017

Genre: Fiction - Literary


At four hundred pounds, Billy Brennan can always count on food. From his earliest memories, he has loved foods 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 Billys beloved son Michael takes his own life. In Michaels memory, Billy determines to make a difference and undertakes a public weight-loss campaign to raise money for suicide preventionhis first step in an ambitious plan to save himself and others. However, Billys 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 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 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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