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 bookThe Weight of This World by David Joy
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on March 7, 2017
Genres: Fiction / Literary
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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?