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Family Album Jason Snyder

Family Album

Jason Snyder

Published
ISBN : 9781937543945
Paperback
425 pages
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This first novel of dysfunction and personality disorder portrays a family’s attempt to adopt a second child amid its dissolution.By turns manic and mathematical, maudlin and gut-wrenching, and delivered with an emotional intensity somewhere betweenMoreThis first novel of dysfunction and personality disorder portrays a family’s attempt to adopt a second child amid its dissolution.By turns manic and mathematical, maudlin and gut-wrenching, and delivered with an emotional intensity somewhere between Evan Dara and Dennis Cooper, Jason Snyder’s Family Album manages to construct an exhaustive experience of youth and trauma in uncompromising style. A truly heavy hitter that couldn’t have come at a more necessary time.—Blake ButlerIn Family Album we watch a boy being slowly unraveled by his collapsing parents, the only questions being how or if he’ll survive the damage, and if he’ll still be human when he makes it to the other side. An exacting, exquisite and merciless book brimming with expectant dread.— Brian EvensonFamily Album is a haunting chronicle of the ways we are bound and coerced by blood, longing, suffering, fear. A fresh distortion, and a brave debut.—Noy HollandLike most great novels, Family Album is ambitious for the form itself—what can the novel accomplish? The family remains our national forum, and Jason Snyder has found a way to reveal the family as a fun house of mirrors—not just ruin, but endless ruin. Not just distance, but distance endlessly fragmented. His writing is at once analytical—even artificial—and yet amazingly compassionate, with a current of pure grief running through. Family Album reminds me of a baroque opera, exquisite and horrifying, with arias and recitatives, refinements and bloodbaths.—Robert GlückWherever love means to lie and words aren’t for speaking and pain is how you’re known, family is taking form, and its emergence is Jason Snyder’s work. Family Album is not about a boy’s refusal of his parents’ banal rage. It’s about meaning’s freedom from nothing’s grip.—R.M. Berry