Made to Break
a novel by
D. Foy
  
  
  

LIST PRICE:  $16.50
PAGES: 218
ISBN: 978-1-937512-16-3
PUBLICATION DATE: 3/18/2014
FEATURES: Gate-fold, Deckle Edge

"Reading D. Foy's prose is like watching Robert Stone and Wallace Stevens drag race across a frozen lake at midnight."

Anthony Swofford

 


 

Synopsis

Two days before New Years, a pack of five friendsthree men and two womenhead 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 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.

 


 

D. FOY has had work published or forthcoming in BombFrequencies: Volume 3Post RoadThe Literary Review, and The Georgia Review. His story, "Barnacles of the Fuzz," appeared in Forty New Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, edited by Cal Morgan. An essay on the American laundromat will appear in Snorri Bros.'s Laundromat, an homage in photographs to laundromats throughout New York City, available from powerHouse Books.

 


 

Additional Reviews

"While reading Made to Break I just couldn’t believe it was the author’s first novel. The characters are deadly, troubled, vibrant, and their world is suffused with evil—not the manufactured evil of a Hollywood horror movie, but the carefully paced malevolence of a world doomed to swallow its inhabitants, consuming their shallow, fucked up memories in a swell of amoral darkness. D. Foy is not just a writer. He’s the kind of archangel Stanley Kubrick would have built wings for. Don’t just read this book. Revel in it. I swear you won’t be able to stop."
—Samuel Sattin
 
“Made to Break is a debauched Decameron for the punk and pills age. The group of friends in this excellent debut novel hit bottom together, and hit it hard. D. Foy sets his characters in motion and sends them reeling, one sure hand on the reader’s throat in a gorgeous, exhilarating tumble.”
–Cari Luna
 
"D. Foy’s writing is so rich, so saturated in both life and literature, that one is tempted to strain for comparison, to find whatever madcap equivalencies (“It’s X meets Y!”) might begin to describe it accurately. Yet its whorl and grain, the fantastical strangeness of Foy’s sentences and the astonishing accuracy of his perception, amounts to something I can only call new. Made To Break is that rare thing: a truly original, and ferociously necessary, book."
—Matthew Specktor
 
"Made to Break is a fearless exploration of fragilitythe fragility of friendship, the fragility of romance, the fragility of human lifebut the book itself, trussed by D. Foy's lavishly constructed sentences and astute psychological observations, is built to last. Think: Celine. Think: Burroughs. Think: Denis Johnson. Or better yet, think: D. Foy, poet laureate-elect of that marginal America filled with  junkies and drunks, where death is omnipresent, and the refuge of an open diner on a stormy night is the closest oe gets to the American Dream."
—Adam Wilson
 
“D. Foy’s Made to Beak is a fiercely engrossing story of isolation, decaying friendships, and what people are capable of when they become, in body and in soul, trapped, all set against a dangerous winter landscape. These characters are so richly alive, these sentences so stormy and beautiful, this novel reads less like a debut than an assured, indelible work of art.”
—Laura van den Berg
 
“Stand back—D. Foy has ignited a big bad bacchanal where the sentences—if not whole pages—sear your skull. And buckle up, too, because the characters in Made to Break don’t. Here is a novel to cheer and to foist upon others.”
—Terese Svoboda
 
“If Jonathan Ames, David Lynch, and Jack Kerouac banded together to pen a cautionary tale about Peter Pan and his drug- and alcohol-addled Lost Boys-as-Donner Party refugees, it would look like Made to Break.  In D. Foy’s hands, men and women too old to behave like the impetuous teens they once were still cling to the dying code of what made their youth survivable.  This book is one wild, wild ride.”
—Christian Kiefer


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