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"Debut novelist D. Foy uses a poetic and gritty genre-clashing voice to construct a winter horrorland."— Publishers Weekly

"D. Foy’s debut about friends that are supposed to go to a remote cabin in Lake Tahoe, only to run into all sorts of different troubles, is garnering comparisons to Roberto Bolaño and Denis Johnson. That sounds quite promising to us."— Flavorwire's '15 Most Anticipated Books of 2014'

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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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Two Dollar Radio (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937512169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937512163
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written in the tradition of road novels, the author captures a group in the midst of their own confusing, carefree time - the second summer of love - and offers this slice of their life. The characters here seem to be creating their own narratives, while the author just clips behind them with a pen and pad. Manic young people, smeared with the grime of living and dancing feverishly to the music in their heads. They are the condensed id of a generation, full of cheaters, dopers, flakes, sluts, schizos, and everyone else that tries to speed along the edge and doesn't expect to get cut. Their peaks & valleys, failures & misery, are chronicled here in stark, unforgiving realness by a writer who knows exactly how to describe a life so frightening, and a life so divine.
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Not for the faint of heart, D. Foy’s debut novel is a wild trip through a dark night of fear, doubt, and desperation. With the menace of a slasher movie, the story finds five feckless people stranded in a cabin in the woods, far from civilization. One of their party has just had an accident and may die of his head injury. Or not. These characters roll, collide, and carom like ball bearings through a game of crazy-maze. It seems nobody can do anything right. And there’s lots of regret to go around. The narrator races us through it all like a poetic speedhead, desperate to find a safe place to land and maybe make sense of his life as he strives to make sense of this senseless night in the wilderness. You might call this slacker noir. Buy the book: it will be worth the ride!
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This book isn't for everyone. It's subject is raw and the language is exuberant to the point of deliriousness. Every sentence goes right to the edge. Sometimes it slips over the top. Sometimes it doesn't quite make it, but damn if D Foy isn't going for it. The dialog is deliberately overwrought. Its excesses are excessive, but Made to Break really got its hooks into me and didn't let go to the last page. What else do you want out of a book?
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I had to stop reading this book at page 50, I hated it THAT much. Reading this book felt like attending a party of drunk, stoned soldiers, who are SO drunk that eighty percent of what they're saying doesn't make any sense. And, yes, you're stone cold sober, so you're stuck listening to them and are bored out of your mind. Given the high reviews for this book, I'm willing to admit that it might (?) get better the further you get in the book. But 50 pages in, I hate the characters. The story line itself doesn't make any sense at all (i.e. a main character gets hurt, ostensibly, in a car accident, but the accident is so lightly detailed you have no idea what happened, how he's hurt, how badly, etc.). And, to be honest, when you CAN understand the characters, their conversational exchanges are so disgusting and foul that, as a reader, I felt like I was being dragged through the slime in a sewer. Some readers might be willing to wade through muck to get to a great ending (even assuming that the book gets better and has a good ending). But I couldn't take any more. The book contains such fascinating conversational topics such as: flicking boogers, coloring dicks with permanent markers while men sleep, and bent dicks. Your cup of tea? Then let me add a little more detail. One conversational topic before page 50: "When I was a kid I had a stuffed monkey... It had this hole in its crotch. It started out small, but kept getting bigger. So I f---ed it." And then his friend says, "I'll bet you even crammed the thing full of mayonnaise before you did it." Now, given the untold number of brilliant books available to a read, is THIS what you want to spend your time reading? Yuck.
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A must read. A gutter opera from the first word. I can't wait for his next book, Patricide....
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