Trailers, churches and meth houses dot the Blue Ridge Mountains landscape of David Joy's latest novel, "The Weight of This World." It's here we meet Aiden McCall and Thad Broom, friends since childhood and tethered together by neglect and violence.
When he was 12, Aiden watched his father murder his mother, then commit suicide.
Meanwhile, Thad lived alone in a dilapidated trailer at the foot of his mother's boyfriend's property.
Now in their mid-20s, Aiden and Thad live in the same trailer and eke out a crime-ridden living stripping copper from foreclosed houses at night. Thad has recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, and we learn that during his absence, Aiden fell in love with Thad's mother, April, who hauls her own wretched secrets into the narrative.