The Weight of Him

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St. Martin's Press
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5.9 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Ethel Rohan is the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former longlisted for The Edge Hill Prize and the latter longlisted for The Story Prize. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, World Literature Today, GUERNICA Magazine, Tin House Online, The Rumpus, and many more. Born and raised in Ireland, she lives in San Francisco

"Deeply moving and memorable." --Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

"Ethel Rohan shows herself to be one of those rare, courageous writers who dares to take on the 'ordinary' and show just how extraordinary it really is. The Weight of Him is a brave and moving book." --John Banville, author of The Sea

"Poignant and inspiring. The Weight of Him conjures all the grief and regret of a family who has suffered an insurmountable loss, but out of this burning sorrow rises Big Billy Brennan. With courage and love, he 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. And when you're finished, you'll want to go for a long, grateful walk." --Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

"Extraordinary." --Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author

"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

"I read Ethel Rohan's marvelous The Weight of Him in a single sitting, enthralled by the beautifully captured protagonist, Billy Brennan, who tries to make sense of his son's death by losing half of his body weight. It's a story of grief, to be sure, and overwhelming appetites, but it's also a lovely meditation on fatherhood, and hope." --Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy

"How can a story abut 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 Once Upon a River

"Ethel Rohan is that rarest of writers, blessed with the x-ray vision to see not only past the skin, but past even the bone and into the marrow. In the strands of her debut novel's DNA, lab analysis might turn up traces of Alice McDermott, Alice Munro, Tom Perrotta, and Colum McCann. But the genome of The Weight of Him is entirely, thrillingly Rohan's own. Read this book!" --Daniel Torday, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West

"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

"Ethel Rohan's tender, generous and inspiring debut novel, The Weight of Him, deserves our full appreciation and absorption." --San Francisco Chronicle