Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry

Front Cover
Andrew Blauner
John Wiley & Sons, Mar 23, 2009 - Psychology - 320 pages
0 Reviews
"The next best thing to not having a brother (as I do not) is to have Brothers."
Gay Talese

Here is a tapestry of stories about the complex and unique relationship that exists between brothers. In this book, some of our finest authors take an unvarnished look at how brothers admire and admonish, revere and revile, connect and compete, love and war with each other. With hearts and minds wide open, and, in some cases, with laugh-out-loud humor, the writers tackle a topic that is as old as the Bible and yet has been, heretofore, overlooked.

Contributors range in age from twenty-four to eighty-four, and their stories from comic to tragic. Brothers examines and explores the experiences of love and loyalty and loss, of altruism and anger, of competition and compassion—the confluence of things that conspire to form the unique nature of what it is to be and to have a brother.

“Brother.” One of our eternal and quintessential terms of endearment. Tobias Wolff writes, “The good luck of having a brother is partly the luck of having stories to tell.” David Kaczynski, brother of “The Unabomber”: “I’ll start with the premise that a brother shows you who you are—and also who you are not. He’s an image of the self, at one remove . . . You are a ‘we’ with your brother before you are a ‘we’ with any other.” Mikal Gilmore refers to brotherhood as a “fidelity born of blood.”

We’ve heard that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But where do the apples fall in relation to each other? And are we, in fact, our brothers’ keepers, after all?

These stories address those questions and more, and are, like the relationships, full of intimacy and pain, joy and rage, burdens and blessings, humor and humanity.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Benjamin Cheever and Fred Cheever
1
David Kaczynski
15
David Maraniss
31
Phillip Lopate
41
secrets and bones
49
we were men
59
american beauty
65
doing time
85
Jim Shepard
157
James Hurst
167
Roberts
173
Dominick Dunne
183
jambon dreams
195
Jay Neugeboren
209
Herbert Gold
221
Gregory
231

my brothers a keeper
91
Daniel Menaker
97
a drinking life
113
Geoffrey Wolff
126
Tobias Wolff
141
Charles DAmbrosio
149
Jerald Walker
243
Darin Strauss
251
Nathaniel Rich and Simon Rich
257
about the editor and contributors
263
acknowledgments
269
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Andrew Blauner is founder of Blauner Books Literary Agency, editor of COACH: 25 Writers Reflect on People Who Made a Difference, and coeditor of Anatomy of Baseball.

Bibliographic information