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The Weight of This World ✽ The Weight of This World kindle Epub ❁ Author David Joy – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 liter Critically acclaimed author David Joy, of This Kindle Ø 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 The Weight PDF or 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 Weight of This ePUB ´ overcome the darkness or be consumed by it.


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  1. Melissa Melissa says:

    The juxtaposition of grim circumstances and the sheer beauty of this author s words is astounding This was my first time reading David Joy and my first foray into Appalachian Noir or Grit Lit, whatever you want to call it, and I can honestly say, I m hooked I m a reader that frequently dabbles in dark reads, but I can t say that I ve ever experienced this version of dark Reminiscent of a train wreckit felt wrong to stare, but I couldn t tear my eyes away from this shit storm of bad The juxtaposition of grim circumstances and the sheer beauty of this author s words is astounding This was my first time reading David Joy and my first foray into Appalachian Noir or Grit Lit, whatever you want to call it, and I can honestly say, I m hooked I m a reader that frequently dabbles in dark reads, but I can t say that I ve ever experienced this version of dark Reminiscent of a train wreckit felt wrong to stare, but I couldn t tear my eyes away from this shit storm of bad choices.With a gritty and almost dreary undertone, THE WEIGHT OF THIS WORLD delivers a look at what can happen when someone finds themselves down and out When the harsh reality of abuse, PTSD and an economic downturn come to a head When meth becomes your solace, your friend, your only escape from the nightmare your life has become.The story opens with a bangliterally Two gunshots blasts that rob 12 year old Aiden of a family and mar his view of the world It s his best friend, Thad, tossed aside by his own mother and abusive step father, that offers him a place to live and ultimately becomes his family Fast forward, ten plus years, and both Aiden and Thad are wasting away in the tiny mountain town of Little Canada, living in the same trailer, and stripping abandoned houses of copper to survive and feed their addiction There s no jobs and no chance for a better life without money and starting over somewhere new At least that s how Aiden sees things Two years post deployment, Thad has a completely different outlook He s happy to spend his days blissed out on meth, wandering the mountainside or kicking back with his rescue, Loretta Lynn Naturally, I had to wonder, was there any hope for these two Early on, a part of me expected this story to be about finding sympathy for these characters and uncovering their redeeming qualities To find some sort of excuse viable enough to pacify my own feelings and acceptance of what was going down To feel something deep on an emotional level Those things sort of happened, but that s not what really resonated the most For me, it was about looking the truth dead in the eyelife can be ugly Some of us don t have the luxury of choices And then there s those of us that feel justified in making the wrong ones.Guaranteed not to be to everyone s tastes, there s nothing pretty about this picture, it s a jarring and all too real reality, but it s one the author tells in such a compelling way David Joy s writing is nothing less than stellar I cannot wait to check out his debut, Where All Light Tends to GoThank you to G.P Putnam s Sons and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.


  2. David Joy David Joy says:

    Well, I did write the damn thing.


  3. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    David Joy s debut book Where All Light Tends to Go kinda left something wanting for me, but dang, he stepped it up in this one 4.5 stars This book opens with young Aiden McCall s parents dying violently before his eyes He ends up in a group home and runs away He takes to the woods and is found by his friend Thad Thad tells him to come live with him now, his mom won t care since she and his step father have given him a trailer on their land to keep him out of their hair That sets up the boy David Joy s debut book Where All Light Tends to Go kinda left something wanting for me, but dang, he stepped it up in this one 4.5 stars This book opens with young Aiden McCall s parents dying violently before his eyes He ends up in a group home and runs away He takes to the woods and is found by his friend Thad Thad tells him to come live with him now, his mom won t care since she and his step father have given him a trailer on their land to keep him out of their hair That sets up the boys friendship They stick together no matter what Even after Thad comes home from being deployed in Afghanistan a changed person They never really stand a chance in life, both of the boys are known screw ups in the mountain town they live in Thad s red hair lies to the tale that his mom told him about his dad being a Native American But there is that red headed deacon at the church that gives his mom the eye during church Thad s mom April now lives up in the house by herself, wishing for a way out of the mountains that she feels trapped in She put up with a husband that beat the crap out of her because she felt she needed the help he provided, she also never really loved her son Thad She and Aiden are now sleeping together Sounds like a crazy train already doesn t it But wait, it gets soooo much worse.Thad and Aiden are bored and tired of stealing copper out of foreclosed houses When they show up at the dope man s house and stuff and thangs happen, they end up with a ton of dope and cash Do they do something smart with the money drugs Umm the answer to that would be no Then the real fun begins, once the two go on a drug filled binge things start to spiral They end up with two girls It ends badly.Then stuff really starts getting bad.At about 56% into the book I had to take a break Then I picked the sucker back up Because no matter how dark AND THIS FUCKER IS DARK this book got I couldn t look away I at times hated these characters That s understandable with them I mean, most of the time they are drugged out of their minds with not much care as to what kind of crap they stir up Then stinking David Joy did something with this book that completely took me by surprise He made me actually really sort of care about these messed up losers Then he tore my heart into little pieces and laughed Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review.


  4. Larry H Larry H says:

    In that way, this day was no different from any day that had come before, and that was part of what kept Aiden up at night the cyclical nature of it all For his entire life everything had been a continuous whirling of disappointment, the circle seeming to tighten and become just a littlecertain with each passing year Aiden McCall has known nothing other than his small North Carolina town, and virtually known nothing other than being poor his entire life Orphaned at a young age, he fen In that way, this day was no different from any day that had come before, and that was part of what kept Aiden up at night the cyclical nature of it all For his entire life everything had been a continuous whirling of disappointment, the circle seeming to tighten and become just a littlecertain with each passing year Aiden McCall has known nothing other than his small North Carolina town, and virtually known nothing other than being poor his entire life Orphaned at a young age, he fended for himself until his best friend, Thad Broom, convinced his mother and her boyfriend to let Aiden stay with them Aiden and Thad have been inseparable ever since, except for when Thad joined the military and went to Afghanistan.With the economy in tatters, there is very little for Aiden and Thad to do in order to make money, so they resort to stripping foreclosed houses of wiring and other supplies, and much to Aiden s chagrin, they use most of their earnings to buy drugs He dreams of getting out of their town and heading somewhere slightly larger, where there wasopportunity Thad returned from Afghanistan with a significant back injury, and his time in the military left him changed emotionally as well, unable to shake the things he saw and did which continue to haunt him, and drugs provide him the only escape Whether a man was born one way or another, he wound up doing things that haunted him the rest of life People made mistakes that couldn t be fixedWhen it all boiled down to it, the only difference between one person and another was whether there was someone to jump in and keep you from drowning One night, everything changes Thad and Aiden s drug dealer accidentally dies in front of them, which leaves them with a significant amount of crystal meth, not to mention weapons and money The two react in different ways Aiden tries figuring out how to sell what they re able to take, while Thad loses control and connects with a troubled trio of people, to whom he reveals their secrets That split second decision sends Thad and Aiden down a path with dangerous consequences, and both will be tested physically and emotionally, pushed to the brink of survival.I felt a pervading sense of doom, danger, and bleakness from the opening pages of this book Even though Aiden and Thad made questionable and in some cases, troubling decisions at times in their lives, I still felt like their upbringing left them at a disadvantage from which it was nearly insurmountable to recover.Can the path of our lives be changed by our actions, or is it predetermined Does not having a loving family put you at a disadvantage David Joy explores the answers to those questions, although he makes no real excuses for his characters This is a dark book, although there are glimmers of hope in an interesting way , but Joy s storytelling keeps you from getting utterly depressed His use of imagery is tremendous as well you can hear the noises and see the sights he describes.This is the first of Joy s books I ve read, and I m definitely going to read his debut novel, Where All Light Tends to Go , which I ve also heard is terrific This isn t the happiest of books, but the characters he has created and the story he unfurls hooks you so you need to know what happens Moving and evocative.NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Putnam provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at


  5. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    The book starts off with a bang, literally and at the ages of twelve, Aidan enters Thad s life Lives that seem doomed from the start, they grow up but not much changes Thad, goes to war and Aidan stays home and waits for his return Aidan has plans to escape these South Carolina mountains, escape his numbing existence because let tell you these people are lost, lost in their drug fueled angst, their grim poverty, their gritty existence Their, what seems almost a predetermined fate This autho The book starts off with a bang, literally and at the ages of twelve, Aidan enters Thad s life Lives that seem doomed from the start, they grow up but not much changes Thad, goes to war and Aidan stays home and waits for his return Aidan has plans to escape these South Carolina mountains, escape his numbing existence because let tell you these people are lost, lost in their drug fueled angst, their grim poverty, their gritty existence Their, what seems almost a predetermined fate This author can write, of that there is no question I am, however, leaving this unrated simply because at 55% I had to put it down Although Aidan and his dreams for something better, his determination to drag Thad with him, was a saving grace, in the end the graphic and continuing violence got to be too much Violence to people and a beloved pet They may find redemption and a way out in the end, but I won t be there to determine this.Readers all have different quirks, likes and dislikes, never know when we are going to rub up against them Can handle different levels of violence, and I know many will love this book I just can t


  6. Cheri Cheri says:

    NOW AVAILABLE Aiden McCall was twelve years old the one time he heard I love you Even then he didn t so much hear the words as read them on his father s lips.That night would be the last time he saw his father or his mother, those words would be his father s final words to him In the group home, on the nights that followed he shared a bed with a boy who loved baseball, collected baseball cards and wet the bed But even those days wouldn t last, and it wasn t long before Aiden helped hi NOW AVAILABLE Aiden McCall was twelve years old the one time he heard I love you Even then he didn t so much hear the words as read them on his father s lips.That night would be the last time he saw his father or his mother, those words would be his father s final words to him In the group home, on the nights that followed he shared a bed with a boy who loved baseball, collected baseball cards and wet the bed But even those days wouldn t last, and it wasn t long before Aiden helped himself to some clothes, some food, went to school and took a bus that would lead him not back to the group home, but to a hunting camp he knew from his life before.Spring made it easier to find enough to eat, scrounging for wild mushrooms, wild potatoes, ramps, and trout nearby One day, a boy from school finds him drawing in the dirt with a stick, Thad, the only friend Aiden has really ever had As time passes, Thad and Aiden are almost inseparable, and Thad invites Aiden to live with him in his mother s trailer April, Thad s mother lives on the property in a house with his stepfather, but the stepfather sent Thad to live in the trailer After April agrees to let Aiden live there, the two boys head back to the hunting camp to gather Aiden s possessions, what few he had, as evening descends and lightening bugs flitter about They slept on the ground, each with his hands interlocked under the crown of his head for a pillow Through a scant opening in the canopy above them they watched stars move on to someplace else, and woke the next morning curled in the leaf litter and ferns like a pair of stray dogs Their bodies shimmered with dew and they shivered to reclaim what warmth had escaped them Thad gathered wood and Aiden built a fire The world would never again seem so open. Years pass in this small town of Little Canada, North Carolina Aiden stays and Thad goes off to fight the war in Afghanistan Thad returns a changed man, physically, mentally and emotionally altered by the things he s seen and done Aiden and Thad make a living, if one can call it that, stripping wiring from foreclosed homes once the economy tanks and the housing boon goes bust Aiden wantsthan this,than just scraping to get by, he wants to move to someplace bigger, where they can find work, someplace like Asheville Thad never wants to leave this place, like Norman McLean s character Paul, who says Oh, I ll never leave Montana, brother Leaving Little Canada only one time, to go to Afghanistan, he s not willing to leave again Look where that got him, his back injury plagues him night and day, and really, all he wants is a break from the constant pain that haunts his days, and most nights, too Afraid to sleep, afraid of the dreams that will come back to haunt him, Thad succumbs to sleep only when his body forces him to All he can handle is how to make it through today He no longer dreams about the future Aiden was thinking about the space between them, that two feet of space in the car that in reality stretched as wide as a universe.Sometimes, as much as you might want things to change you don t think as much about what that change is, or how you want it to manifest itself As in life, change does occur, and with that change comes a tiny crack in their world that begins to show Aiden aims to keep things together, from spilling out everywhere and ruining everything, while Thad can t refrain from replaying the scene over and over, to himself, out loud, as though it were a scene out of a Hollywood movie While this story does have a dark side, with some very believable, broken characters living on the edge of abject poverty, there is also an almost unvarying message of faith, hope and redemption, accompanied by a glimmer of light that flickers but never truly fades This is the third of David Joy s books I ve read, beginning with his debut novel Where All Light Tends to Go, which I loved, followed by his memoir Growing Gills A Fly Fisherman s Journey, which I also loved I ve loved them all The writing is as amazing, wonderful, if perhaps not always quite as poetically lyrical asWhere All Light Tends to Go, but then these characters seem very unlike Jacob McNeely This story is transfixing, with characters who are remarkably authentic and convincing Highly recommended Pub Date 07 Mar 17Many thanks for the ARC provided by Penguin Group Putnam


  7. Zoeytron Zoeytron says:

    North Carolina mountain country Crystal meth and trailer trash The smell of corn liquor and Aqua Velva Hear the evangelist spew his fire and brimstone swindlings to those who cannot seem to discern his sly prevarications from God s own truth.Damaged souls, unwanted and unloved Lives going from bad to worse in a hurry, courtesy of the influence of meth, hair trigger tempers, and just pure D bad judgment Wrecked pieces that cannot be put back together There are prices to be paid for North Carolina mountain country Crystal meth and trailer trash The smell of corn liquor and Aqua Velva Hear the evangelist spew his fire and brimstone swindlings to those who cannot seem to discern his sly prevarications from God s own truth.Damaged souls, unwanted and unloved Lives going from bad to worse in a hurry, courtesy of the influence of meth, hair trigger tempers, and just pure D bad judgment Wrecked pieces that cannot be put back together There are prices to be paid for the damage that you do.I have found a new favorite author with David Joy This is the second book of his I have read in the past couple of weeks and I am all in


  8. Paula Paula says:

    Wow, what a disappointmentI ve read David Joy s Where All the Light Tends to Go and,recently, The Line that Held Us, which is one of my all time FAVORITE Southern Grit Lit novels The Weight of This World offered me nothing as a reader characters that are uninteresting low life drug dealers, no decent plot, and a missing story line My hope is that his newest novel coming out later in 2020 comes full swing back to his writing style that I love.Thanks to the Boston Public Library e pro Wow, what a disappointmentI ve read David Joy s Where All the Light Tends to Go and,recently, The Line that Held Us, which is one of my all time FAVORITE Southern Grit Lit novels The Weight of This World offered me nothing as a reader characters that are uninteresting low life drug dealers, no decent plot, and a missing story line My hope is that his newest novel coming out later in 2020 comes full swing back to his writing style that I love.Thanks to the Boston Public Library e program for the borrowed audiobook.2 out of 5 stars


  9. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews atIf there was a God, He wasn t worth a damn The devil wins out every timeDespite having a reader copy of this for months and despite the glowing review of a certain throne sitter, I never bothered taking a gander The Weight Of This World until the day before publication When I started it during my lunch hour the other day I was hooked right from page one in the immortal words of one Ron Burgundy, boy, that escalated quickly Find all of my reviews atIf there was a God, He wasn t worth a damn The devil wins out every timeDespite having a reader copy of this for months and despite the glowing review of a certain throne sitter, I never bothered taking a gander The Weight Of This World until the day before publication When I started it during my lunch hour the other day I was hooked right from page one in the immortal words of one Ron Burgundy, boy, that escalated quickly and knew when I arrived home that evening I d be greeting my family in a not so motherly way Turns out that wasn t necessary, because they were already out doing basebally things and wouldn t be home for a bit It also turns out I wasn t quite equipped to read all this misery in one go because rather than it feeling like ripping a Band Aid, these characters were experiencing somethinglike Aiden and Thad had been like brothers ever since Aiden s daddy blew his momma s brains out in front of him in the living room one day, immediately followed by making quick work of offing himself as well Thad wasn t really living a dream life himself, seeing that his stepdaddy wasn t too fond of having his literal red headed stepchild under foot, so he d been sent down to live in the trailer at the bottom of their property by himself If you re interested in reading the types of suggestions Mitchell makes for book club, this one checks all the boxes Like reading any trigger you could imagine Enjoy hearing about all the awesomeness that comes with snorting crank and staying up for days on end Do you love hearing about not one, but several characters blowing their heads off A book where you know right away nothing could possibly end well Then this is definitely the winner since it has all that andthat I won t spoil for you This is a story that will teach youThe line between good and evil was fine as frog hairAnd that Mitchell says y all should give it a go He also said But I m pretty sure that was directed only at me ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you, NetGalley And in honor of Ron 2.0 who might actually find this one not so ridiculous even though these fellers were getting around in a Ranchero , here s the song that played on a loop in my head while I was reading this one


  10. Liz Liz says:

    A dark book about two young men in the Appalachian mountain area of NC Thad has come back from Afghanistan with scars both inside and out Aiden has turned into a minor criminal because jobs are scarce Together, they strip copper out of foreclosed houses and vacation homes and are living a meager existence As Aiden calls it trying to make an honest living stealing from millionaires and banks The story alternates between Aiden and Thad s POV Joy does a great job of getting into both of the A dark book about two young men in the Appalachian mountain area of NC Thad has come back from Afghanistan with scars both inside and out Aiden has turned into a minor criminal because jobs are scarce Together, they strip copper out of foreclosed houses and vacation homes and are living a meager existence As Aiden calls it trying to make an honest living stealing from millionaires and banks The story alternates between Aiden and Thad s POV Joy does a great job of getting into both of their minds Best friends, they are vastly different I had to ask myself how I felt about these two How much of what plays out is because of their past Thad suffers from PTSD Aiden had seen his father kill his mother and then commit suicide They don t have many options but it s really hard to feel sympathy, especially when you factor in the drugs In addition to Thad and Aiden, there s April She s Thad s mom and Aiden s girlfriend She also has some serious issues and once again, it s not black and white when it comes to sympathy for her The writing here paints a grim picture I don t think I ve ever read a better description of how meth affects someone The story gets truly twisted after their dope dealer accidentally blows his brains out Parts of the book are exceedingly gruesome, so this is not for the faint of heart I had to take breaks to get through some sections The writing really paints a picture I tend to highlight passages I like on my kindle There were a whole lot of highlights at the end of this book I think this was my favorite quote from the whole book No, life had a way of heaping shit by the shovelful like God was up there cleaning out the horse stalls and you just happened to be standing where He threw it This isn t an easy read, but it is a very good one My thanks to netgalley and Penguin Group Putnam for an advance copy of this book


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