The Hero's Body by William Giraldi

The Hero’s Body by William Giraldi

Competition published on September 1, 2017.

A memoir of what it means to be a man in modern America.

At just forty-seven years old, William Giraldi’s father was killed in a horrific motorcycle accident. Writing here with searing honesty about grief, obsession, shame and identity, he looks back on three generations of men from the blue-collar town of Manville, New Jersey, and tells their stories in tandem: the speed-crazed cult of his father’s ‘superbikes’, each Sunday spent racing fate along the winding back roads of Pennsylvania; the trauma of a son’s ultimate loss, and William’s attempts to rebuild a self in the manliest costume he knew. For a teen consumed by hardcore bodybuilding, pumping iron was so much more than a sport—it was a hallowed lifeline for a bookish tenth-grader, a way to forge himself a spot amongst his family’s imperious patriarchs.

A work of lasting literary beauty, lauded by the New Yorker for its ‘unrelenting, perfectly paced prose’, The Hero’s Body is a tale of the working-class male, the codes of machismo and the unspoken bond between father and son.

 

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About the author

William Giraldi grew up in Manville, New Jersey, and attended Drew University and Boston University. He is the author of critically acclaimed novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark, now in production with Netflix starring Alexander Skarsgård. He is fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University, and a contributing editor at The New Republic. He’s been granted fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Oxford American, The New York Times, The Sun, Ploughshares, The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, and online at The Daily Beast and Salon. He lives in Boston with his wife and sons.

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The Hero’s Body by William Giraldi, published on 24 August, 2017 by No Exit Press, in paperback

 

 

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