The Weight of Him
At four hundred pounds, Billy can always count on food. From his earliest memories, he has loved food's colors, textures and tastes. The way flavors go off in his mouth. How food keeps his mind still and his bad ...more
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Billy weighs 401 pounds and has had difficulty with obesity throughout his life. He has been warned by his doctor that he is unhealthy and will face future medical issues if he does not change his lifestyle. Using grief as a motivator, he organizes a ...more
Nobody's perfect. We all have flaws in some way, shape or form as do the characters in this story, but as THE WEIGHT OF HIM shows, those of us with imperfections have value too!
Billy Brennan is morbidly obese, and he has recently lost his teenage son to suicide. (no spoiler here) With little to no family support, Big Billy decides to go public on a quest to lose 200 pounds (half his body weight) to benefit Suicide Prevention Awareness, but finds the journey is filled with the most...more
We follow him through this crusade of his, and also how he and his family deal with the aftermath of his son's death.
I really liked this story, and all these characters! Also, this story is set in Ireland, and the descriptions of the landscape renew my wish to go there.
Thank you to NetGalley and the ...more
----Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
Ethel Rohan, an Irish author, has penned an extremely heart touching story called The Weight of Him that revolves around an obese father's loss over his elder son who has committed suicide, and his journey to deal with grief and heal over the loss of his loved one lead him on a path to weight loss but sadly that pushes him away from his dear family and his wife. Set in an idyllic back ground of Ireland, ...more
The story is set in rural contemporary Ireland and I feel drawn to the picturesque countryside. (Hoping to visit Ireland someday.)
Micheal Brennan, age seventeen and eldest child of Billy and Tricia, cut down the clothesline and took his own life while his family was sleeping. They are now trying to cope. You can feel the tension in the home. ...more
Mrs. Rohan writes beautifully, interlacing the complex emotion of the characters throughout the text. From the first sentence I was met by the feeling of melancholy, and that continued throughout. The characters are well-developed, and the story itself is amazing, gripping and ...more
This book has a lot of heart. I just loved Anna and Billy. Billy Brennan decides to lose half his body weight for a fundraiser to help in the prevention of suicide. Billy has lost his son Michael to suicide and everywhere Billy looks he sees his son Michael who he lost to suicide. You can feel the tension between Tricia and Billy sometimes in the beginning of the book when they are reeling from their heartbreaking loss. Their relationship is solid and it improves ...more
This novel was so beautiful. I am still grappling with the emotions that occurred while reading page after page. It informed me on so many things about suicide that I had never known. It is heartbreaking to know that families of suicide have to endure an inquest, on top of the emotions of having to grieve their loss. It makes me wish that their were many more Billy's in this world to inform everyone about all of the elements of ...more
Billy Brennan is a four hundred pound man, his family is heartbroken and his life is chaos. After Billy's son, Micheal, kills himself, Billy decides to make a difference in memory of his son. Billy decides to do a weight loss campaign for suicide prevention.
"He could really do good with this, and make some(thing) meaningful out of the awful."
On his weight loss journey, Billy, makes a lot of allies like his community and co-workers. In ...more
I found this book to be a bit more depressing than hopeful. I believe that the author intended it to be hopeful and there were some hopeful parts but the overall novel just didn't move me the way that I would have hoped. There were some very insightful thoughts on suicide and death, in general, towards the end of the book but the book mostly centered around Billy's struggle to lose weight and "save lives". The ...more
A suicide in the family at the young age of 17 leaves a family in tatters and struggling to survive as a family unit.
Each of us deals with grief in our own way and their must be nothing as devastating as to lose a child, especially to suicide.
We are not supposed to be burying our own children and suicide leaves no answers as to why.
Billy deals with losing his child that is very different to ...more
So Billy decides he needs to make this loss worth something and wants to lose 200 pounds to raise money for suicide awareness. Throughout his ...more
"The Weight of Him" is a remarkable novel, both tragic and inspirational.
Billy Brennan weighs 400 pounds and struggles everyday with his cravings and the emotional need to "hide".
One day, in the wake of a family tragedy, he decides that he's going to lose half of his wight. 200 pounds. He plans to get pledges and raise money for suicide awareness.
He wants to do some good in the aftermath of the event that changed his family's lives forever.
As Billy tries to come to terms with what has happened, to find a way to make Michael's life and death count for something, his family becomes more angry and embarrassed by it all, and by Billy ...more
The Weight of Him by Ethel Rohan is a heartbreaking, poignant and uplifting novel of healing.
Following his oldest son Michael's inexplicable suicide, Billy Brennan wants to make his son's life and death matter. Billy's plan to raise money and public awareness about suicide is not well received by his family yet he does not let their lack of support stop him. Publicly vowing to lose 200 pounds, he puts up flyers and pledge sheets around town and embarks on his weight loss campaign. ...more
Members of his family, trapped in their own brokenness, just want to carry on quietly in their private grief. But Billy decides to take on the two ...more