Stealing: A Novel in Dreams
Two brothers growing up in the 1950s Bronx navigate a toxic home environment headed by an emotionally abusive father and an unhappy mother. One brother eventually finds escape through academic achievement and a new life on the west coast, while the other brother remains entangled in the darkness of his existence, his life and mind slowly unraveling. By presenting the conscious and unconscious connections between family members, this experimental novel explores the concept of individuality, the psychological influences of family, and the very nature of reality.
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"Yes our waking dreams mean divided we stand together: this looping, original, anxiously funny novel a tangle of yearning & frustration and vivid, bold appetite -- how can it not find a host of readers." - Joseph McElroy, author of Women and Men and Plus
"With the logic of dream and memory, voice runs along with voice to tell a set of interbraiding tales of brothers and cities in a time everyone will recognize some of, wherein the moments before waking, before sleeping are evoked with wonderfully clean prose . . ." - Samuel R. Delany, author of Dhalgren and the Return to Nevèrÿon series
"A brutal thought-experiment on the psychological connections (and disconnections) between people and the long-term effects of growing up in a dysfunctional family; by turns amusing and nauseating." - Robert Helms, editor of Guinea Pig Zero