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  • Paperback: 242 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron B. Tanner on March 18, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kpearc3 on July 30, 2014
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D. Foy is hot like an indie-lit Don Draper. His book is brutal and wonderful.
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Snorri Sturluson on April 7, 2014
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I love me a good dark and melancholy story. This one is just that. The prose is sharp and cuts you like a rusted chainsaw, the characters are deeply troubled and lost in their own ego-centric self-created mayhem. The story rolls on like a ton of bricks, jumping back and forth in time and keeps you on your toes by constantly bringing "new" skeletons out of each character's closet to shed light (or darkness) on the current circumstance.

Excellent read.
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0 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Roberts on June 16, 2014
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The recreational sport of cabin dwelling...

Is a mind boggling bore...

Thoreau tore it up already...done.

Well here we go, this thing of ours...

Lake Tahoe would be snowing in high December...

The rain in Spain, yes...

Stuck in cabin number five...

The group dynamic, maniac...

One doesn't have to bond...

Or address prior transgressions with the each and all...

No, merely fight it out like men and women...

Whoever wins is right and the past is suddenly gone...

Cabins are for going insane in and to...

Hack to the bone and bleed out...

A prostrate sculpture...

Chris Roberts, God
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More About the Author

D. Foy's work has appeared in Salon, Bomb, Post Road, Electric Literature, The Literary Review, Frequencies, The Collagist, and The Georgia Review, among others, and has been included in the books Laundromat and Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial. He is the author of the novel, Made to Break, and lives in Brooklyn.



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Atlas XX
with Eduardo Corral, Allyson Paty, and Connie Mae Oliver
Local 61
61 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7PM
Curbside Splendor and Two Dollar Radio at Housing Works NYC
with Megan Stielstra, Erika Wurth, and Dmitry Samarov
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

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A Secret Reading!
with Adam Wilson, Jami Attenberg, and Jim Ruland
Secret Address
Details TBA

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 1-3PM
Edgar Allen Poe Is Dead, Long Live Edgar Allen Poe!
with Sarah Gerard and Sean H. Doyle
The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
Poe Park
2640 Grand Concourse at East Kingsbridge Road
The Bronx, NY 10458


June 15, 2014, 7PM
With Brian Gresko, Eric Nelson, Emily Schultz, and Bob Smith
Sunday Salon Reading Series
Jimmy's No. 43
43 East 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

I did a tour for Made to Break in February, March, and April this year!


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AWP Seattle

February 26, 2014, 7PM
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Still Liquor
1524 Minor Avenue
Seattle, WA

February 28, 2014, 7PM
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15 E. McGraw Street
Seattle WA, 98109
It is a half block EAST of Queen Anne Avenue!
Note: there is a 15 W. McGraw Street that is west of Queen Anne Ave--make sure you go east. The reading space is located in a studio behind a house. You can park in the lot just across the street from the address.

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Left Bank Books
92 Pike Street
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March 2, 2014, 4PM
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Village Books
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA

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Pulpfiction Books
2422 Main Street
Vancouver BC

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509 E. 4th Avenue
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City Lights Books
261 Columbus Avenue
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Kreuzberg Coffee Lounge
685 Higuera Street
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The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA

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Stories Bookstore
1716 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA


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McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY

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163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY

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TireFire Reading Series
Tattooed Mom
530 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

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2913 W Cary Street
Richmond, VA

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Scuppernong Books
304 S. Elm St.
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Snug Harbor
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Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC

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Emerald Lounge
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Mac's Backs
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Literati Bookstore
124 E Washington Street
Ann Arbor Book Festival
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Punch House
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Magers & Quinn
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Mission Creek Festival
Prairie Lights Bookstore
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Big Hunt
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STARTS HERE! Reading Series
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Pete's Reading Series
Pete's Candy Store
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