Books from the Backlog #171

Posted July 22, 2021 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 12 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #171The Weight of This World by David Joy
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on March 7, 2017
Genres: Fiction / Literary
Pages: 260
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Critically acclaimed author David Joy, whose debut, Where All Light Tends to Go, was hailed as “a savagely moving novel that will likely become an important addition to the great body of Southern literature” (The Huffington Post), 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.

Why did I add The Weight of This World to my bookshelf?

I have read two books written by David Joy so far, The Line That Held Us & When These Mountains Burn. I gave both of these books 5 stars and they have both really stuck with me. Of course, I need to read the rest of his work and I hope to do so sooner rather than later. This is not a long book at 260 pages but I have a feeling that it will pack quite the punch.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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About David Joy

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.

12 responses to “Books from the Backlog #171

  1. I am not much for books that sound that heavy, but I always love reading more books from authors I previously enjoyed. Sounds like a great bet for you

  2. I haven’t heard of this author but this looks like an interesting read. I’m always a little nervous when I really love an author and have found it takes me longer to pick up their books. I think I’m afraid the book won’t be as good as I expect!