Fic­tion

The Broth­ers Silver

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September 1, 2020

Jules and Leon Sil­ver sit at a dusty Formi­ca table in a cold kitchen, drink­ing warm sug­ar water. Down­stairs in the base­ment, their moth­er is uncon­scious, hav­ing swal­lowed hun­dreds of Lib­ri­um while the broth­ers were at Boy Scout camp, her lat­est sui­cide attempt. The food cup­boards are emp­ty. The phone does­n’t give a dial tone. As the sun goes down, the kitchen grows cold. The boys sit in silence, wait­ing for their moth­er to die. She does­n’t, but the guilt and anger they feel haunt the broth­ers for decades. The Broth­ers Sil­ver fol­lows Jules and Leon as they try to find their unan­chored way through the cul­tur­al upheavals of the sec­ond half of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry. What lies in store for the Sil­ver broth­ers? Recov­ery or tur­moil? The 12 chap­ters of The Broth­ers Sil­ver unfold in ten voic­es, each of which has its own lan­guage and style, mak­ing the nov­el a tour de force of tech­nique in the Amer­i­can tra­di­tion of acces­si­ble lit­er­ary inno­va­tion estab­lished by Heller, Pyn­chon, and Wallace.

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