"Made to Break, D. Foy’s debut novel, snaps. Literary, cinematic... [Foy] is a writing school of one, and Made to Break ushers his literary energies into categorical existence."
-The Daily Beast
"Strange and freewheeling... forsaking plot in favor of something much more cerebral and immediate. Made to Break works its English over, coining fresh and sometimes unapologetically awkward phrases to milk out something strange and animate."
-Los Angeles Review of Books
"[Made to Break] reads like a macabre mumblecore script penned by Jim Thompson. It’s one swell medley of mayhem and defeat dashed together by the vitality of D. Foy’s prose. Zainy, sly, and darkly comedic."
"With influences that range from Jack Kerouac to Tom Waits and a prose that possesses a fast, strange, perennially changing rhythm that’s somewhat akin to some of John Coltrane’s wildest compositions, this narrative is at once emotionally gritty and surprisingly beautiful even during its darkest moments. Foy has delivered the kind of notable narrative that pulls an author out of the very crowded rookie pool and places him at the top of the list of fresh voices that readers of outstanding fiction should keep on their radar."
Two days before New Years, a pack of five friends—three men and two women—head 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 to 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 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).
Debut novelist D. Foy uses a poetic and gritty genre-clashing voice to construct a winter horrorland. On New Year's Eve in 1995, five burnouts head to a cabin in the woods near Lake Tahoe to do drugs and have sex. The narrator, Andrew, brings his love interest, Hickory, to join three friends he has known for over a decade. Dinky is the owner of the cabin and the most amiable of the group; Basil is Andrew's semi-rival and ex-bandmate. The crux of the social drama revolves around Lucille, who is Andrew's former roommate, Dinky's ex-girlfriend, Basil's current girlfriend, and the only one who seems to finally be growing up. One chapter in, a car crash leaves Andrew and Dinky stranded, until they're picked up by Super, an ex-Vietnam vet who hangs a dead monkey from his dashboard, has a doll collection in his back seat, rambles in nonsense metaphors, and smokes very strong dope. Back at the cabin, Dinky becomes fatally ill. A torrential storm keeps them from leaving. Memories are awakened, secrets are revealed, and strange noises begin to create a tension that intoxication cannot fully repress. Foy's voice is artful at times, but is often drowned out by the vulgarity. Still, the novel has some appeal as a B-movie-like thriller with occasional poetic undertones.