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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  18 reviews
D. Foy's second novel is a tornado of brutal Americana. Patricide is a heavy metal Huck Finn that whips up the haunted melancholy of Kerouac's Doctor Sax, a novel of introspection and youth in its corruption that seethes with the deadly obsession of Moby-Dick, and the darkness of Joy Williams' State of Grace. Beyond the story of a boy growing up in a family derailed by a h ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 3rd 2016 by Stalking Horse Press
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Wendy Ortiz
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's really weird to feel so absolutely gutted & so absolutely satiated all at the same time. This book did that to me. Thank you, D. Foy.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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One of the most emotionally exhausting books I've read in a very long while.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Searing, brutal, and deeply poetic.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How do we become healthy? How does that even fucking work?

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John Madera
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Passage after passage in D. Foy's Patricide hit me like punches, like suckerpunches sometimes: a series of body blows, the cumulative effect of which is a mind blown, lost and spinning within the narrator's "whirlpool of memory." Very much enjoyed the repetitions; the incantatory cadences; the deftly constructed epigrams, e.g., "Denial’s the grace that shelters us till shelter is ourselves." And the narrator's thinking about thinking is always engaging:
And the more you think, you’ll think, the m
J.S. Breukelaar
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this amazing novel for The Nervous Breakdown. Below is an excerpt:

While this is very much the story of one man’s colossal, cyclonic attempt to remake himself from the shards of an annihilating boyhood, I think that it is much more than that. It seems to me that the true subject of this narrative, is the collision of dreams. The lengths to which parents and children break and remake each other and themselves on this contested terrain, this no man’s land of lovesick, homesick, heartsic
Naomi Ulsted
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I should not be drinking white wine and writing a review of D. Foy’s Patricide. I should be drinking bourbon. Or smoking a cigarette. Or scribbling words in a dark alleyway. I am doing none of those things, but that’s the mindset to where Patricide has transported me. But not just for the gritty idea that bourbon in a dark alley broadcasts, but for the raw truth of family. How they hurt and they try to love and how we do the same to them. Patricide is the story of how we carve ourselves from the ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a very fast reader (and often a faster "forgetter.") But I had to put this book down several times before finishing it - though I knew I would finish it. I heard D. Foy read from Patricide at a local bookstore and knew I would buy his book. It is intense! But beautifully written, thoughtful and full of feeling. Having worked with kids who had unhappy lives and troubled families for many years, much of this story was familiar (though luckily not from my own life.) Not the settings, in small ...more
Matt Lewis
One thing that stuck with me around the time of the release of Patricide was the author, D. Foy, claiming that the book “almost killed him.”...

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Klara wolves
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
really mirrors the infuriating arch of adolescence!!!! some slow catharsis the final third of this book gave
Franco Romero
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are many things throughout our lives; brothers, sisters, husbands, wives. Daughters. Sons. Mothers. Fathers.

Which roles define us most profoundly? Which lay the groundwork for our most complex psychological woes, our moments of greatest joy? How does the relationship of the mother alter, inform, desecrate the relationship of the father? There are no easy answers to these questions. Freud, Oedipus, the bible; just a few of the literary resources we can seek answers within. Patricide seems to f
Matthew Binder
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Patricide is a serious book. I read the first 150 pages of it in one sitting while on a long flight. Stepping off the plane, I couldn’t help but look at the families in the airport differently. What the hell is going on behind closed doors in their homes? I wondered. D. Foy takes his readers to some harrowing places in Patricide. Places you wish didn’t exist in the world, but since they do, as a reader you’re happy that you have a guide like Foy to help you navigate them. If you’re looking for a ...more
Luca Germani
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
I found the story interesting overall. I didn't enjoy the contrived and verbose writing style as much.
Kevin Catalano
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review forthcoming. So much to sit with.
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The writing style was very interesting and original, but the theme wasn't that unique and lacked a conclusion.
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Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly emotional novel exploring the crossroads of abuse, relationship and personal identity. Hard to get through in parts, worth it!
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D. Foy is the author of the novels Made to Break, Patricide, and Absolutely Golden. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Guernica, Literary Hub, Salon, Hazlitt, Post Road, Electric Literature, BOMB, The Literary Review, and the Georgia Review, among many others, and have been included in the books Laundromat, A Moment’s Notice, and Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial. Visit ...more
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