Variations of a Brother War by J. A. Tyler
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J. A. Tyler’s Variations of a Brother War glimpses at the lives of two brothers, and the girl whom each of them loves. Against the background of the Civil War, these brothers become soldiers, engaging in the most desperate kind of battle. With ornate and impeccable prose, Tyler tells the story of a tumultuous love triangle and how it intersects with the astounding tragedy of war. In a world where everything has its own ghost, life is strange and beautiful, even in the midst of conflict.
1st Printing: Small Doggies Press 2012.
Small Doggies Press Trade Paperback Edition, February 2012
Edited and Published by: Carrie Seitzinger & Matty Byloos
Cover Design and Interior Layout by: Andrew Farris
Type set in Andralis & Hoefler Text Black Swash Small Caps
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PRAISE FOR VARIATIONS OF A BROTHER WAR
Every sentence in this book is a poem. Every sentence is a variation of the utterance that comes before. Every sentence that comes before and after forces us to linger in the space between sentences. Like Stein, like Beckett, J. A. Tyler is a sentence-maker that makes a world out of the sentence. If only there were more sentence-makers in the world like J. A. Tyler. If only the world could be remade in his name.
– Peter Markus, author of We Make Mud
In Tyler’s hands, static concepts become Möbius strips of subversion. This incredible text is a kalidoscopic set of bifocals: look up and you’re in a far-away war, down and you’re in a suburban treehouse. Up and you’re the victim, down and you’re the aggressor. What is so important throughout – what Tyler so remarkably and irrefutably convinces the reader of – is all the ways these binaries are indeed, are inescapably, fused together on the same lens.
– Alissa Nutting, author of Unclean Jobs for Women & Girls
J. A. Tyler’s crystalline sentences are a joy to read. In Variations of a Brother War, his blocks of dense glittering prose accumulate to form a panoply of cinematic moments. The integrity of this work can be found in its masterful construction and the pathos of its subject matter, but what ultimately ties the collection together is its visionary underpinnings. It’s like watching a story unfold on the pieces of a shattered mirror.
– Ben Mirov, author of Ghost Machine
EXCERPTS FROM VARIATIONS OF A BROTHER WAR
Liquor Triptych @ Small Doggies Magazine
Education Triptych @ Necessary Fiction
Men Triptych @ > kill author
Mounting Triptych @ Knee-Jerk Magazine
REVIEWS OF VARIATIONS OF A BROTHER WAR
Necessary Fiction | reviewed by Michelle Bailat-Jones | 04/23/2012
PANK | reviewed by Ryan Werner | 07/05/2012