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A Novel in Dreams

Shelly Brivic


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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.

Praise For Stealing: A Novel in Dreams

"Stealing can be read as a realistic novel about a dysfunctional family and as a work of experimental fiction in the modernist tradition, elevating the trials of ordinary people into a narrative about freedom and consciousness through art."
--Janina Levin in the Journal of Modern Literature blog

"Brivic’s effort to shed the mantle of analytical prose in favor of in-your-face realism (sometimes surrealism) in this bumpy, knotty family narrative is heroic..." --Bradley Buchanan in the San Francisco Book Review

"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

Frayed Edge Press, 9781642510034, 278pp.

Publication Date: November 20, 2018

About the Author

Shelly Brivic is an internationally recognized James Joyce scholar and a retired university professor. He has written extensively on Joyce and other modernists from the perspective of Lacanian psychology. His most recent scholarly book is Revolutionary Damnation: Badiou and Irish Fiction from Joyce to Enright, from Syracuse University Press. Stealing: A Novel in Dreams is his first work of fiction.