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Made to Breakby D. Foy
Synopses & Reviews
"Reading D. Foy's prose is like watching Robert Stone and Wallace Stevens drag race across a frozen lake at midnight." —Anthony Swofford
Two days before New Years, a pack of five friends — three men and two women — head to a remote cabin near Lake Tahoe to celebrate the holidays. They've been buddies forever, banded together by scrapes and squalor, their relationships defined by these wild times.
After a car accident leaves one friend sick and dying, and severe weather traps them at the cabin, there is nowhere to go, forcing them to finally and ultimately take stock and confront their past transgressions, considering what they mean to one another and to themselves.
With some of the most luminous and purple prose flexed in recent memory, D. Foy is an incendiary new voice and Made to Break, a grand, episodic debut, redolent of the stark conscience of Denis Johnson and the spellbinding vision of Roberto Bolaño.
"Debut novelist D. Foy uses a poetic and gritty genre-clashing voice to construct a winter horrorland. On New Year's Eve in 1995, five burnouts head to a cabin in the woods near Lake Tahoe to do drugs and have sex. The narrator, Andrew, brings his love interest, Hickory, to join three friends he has known for over a decade. Dinky is the owner of the cabin and the most amiable of the group; Basil is Andrew's semi-rival and ex-bandmate. The crux of the social drama revolves around Lucille, who is Andrew's former roommate, Dinky's ex-girlfriend, Basil's current girlfriend, and the only one who seems to finally be growing up. One chapter in, a car crash leaves Andrew and Dinky stranded, until they're picked up by Super, an ex-Vietnam vet who hangs a dead monkey from his dashboard, has a doll collection in his back seat, rambles in nonsense metaphors, and smokes very strong dope. Back at the cabin, Dinky becomes fatally ill. A torrential storm keeps them from leaving. Memories are awakened, secrets are revealed, and strange noises begin to create a tension that intoxication cannot fully repress. Foy's voice is artful at times, but is often drowned out by the vulgarity. Still, the novel has some appeal as a B-movie-like thriller with occasional poetic undertones." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A melancholic, savage look at relationships and the lies we tell ourselves, suffused with spirited language and humor.
About the Author
D. Foy has had work published or forthcoming in Bomb, Post Road, The Literary Review, The Georgia Review, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and Laundromat, an homage to photographs of laundromats throughout New York City (powerHouse Books).
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