When Achilles Conroy and his brother Troy return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, their white mother presents them with the key to their past: envelopes containing details about their respective birth parents. After Troy disappears, Achilles - always his brother’s keeper - embarks on a harrowing journey in search of Troy, an experience that will change him forever. Heartbreaking, intimate, and at times disturbing, Hold It ’Til It Hurts is a modern-day odyssey through war, adventure, disaster, and love, and explores how people who do not define themselves by race make sense of a world that does.
Raw and honest, the author weaves a tale that left me feeling rough. No placating stories of family, race, or relationships. I am agitated into a deeper awareness of self, not individuality but humanity. A great book, a great story and a wonderful reading.