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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Lazy Fascist Press (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621050807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621050803
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. A. Tyler is the author of the poetry collection Variations of a Brother War, the collaborative art / text experiment No One Told Me I Was Going to Disappear, co-authored with John Dermot Woods, and the novel The Zoo, a Going. He lives in Colorado.

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Born in 1978 and currently residing in Colorado, J. A. Tyler's work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Redivider, Cream City Review, Diagram, Fairy Tale Review, Columbia Poetry Review, and New York Tyrant and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and cited in Dzanc Books's Best of the Web series, Wake Forest's &Now series, Wigleaf's Top 50 Very Short Fictions, and the StorySouth Million Writers Award.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Atkinson on April 8, 2013
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I've loved everything I've read by J A Tyler, but this one strikes me as possibly the most beautiful. There is a soft, fable-like feel that is both hauntingly melancholy and strangely comforting. It feels more approachable than some of J A Tyler's other work, but is possibly even more enigmatic for all of that. Building and burning houses while wandering woods to refute a message of death brought by the narrator's deer-brother, bears and honey and magic tricks, skinning foxes, daughters made of mountains, and so on. There is always a chance that this book totally went above my head, but I loved reading it whether or not that was the case.
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By S.T. Cartledge on November 13, 2013
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I've had this book sitting around for quite a while, but I only got around to reading it recently. I'm like that with a lot of books. Especially if I'm not overly familiar with the author. I started it a few times, but never really sunk into it. I bought it because it's got that trademark Lazy Fascist aesthetic to it. The strange, vague plot description, the stunning cover design, and the promise of high quality, unique prose. This book reads like a dream. Or a puzzle. On the back cover, there is simply the word "Deathly" and nothing else. This book is about a man who is a deer lost in the forest. He builds a house with a chimney and gutters for the rain. He traps foxes and bears and burns them with the house to the ground. He is looking for his deer-brother. His brother has ten daughters that thrown death blankets over him. He imagines he has daughters of his own, made out of forest and mountain and sky. He searches for his brother, yet all he has to go off is a piece of paper with a black dot on it which signifies his own death. If this is not a dream or a puzzle, then the forest must represent some form of maze. It feels like the sort of book that each person would read and take away something different from it. The prose is very rhythmic and cyclic. It always comes back to being lost in the forest, building and burning houses, facing death, huddling under death blankets, imagining daughters, trapping and killing foxes and bears, and searching for his brother. Is this nature? Why is this family so elusive? What is the meaning of being lost and alone in the forest? Searching for family.

For a while I felt as though it were all about the character coming to terms with his own sexuality. He wants to have a family like his brother. He wants so many daughters.
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