We Were Brothers (Hardcover)

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With his new memoir, local artist Barry Moser proves without a doubt that his storytelling skills are something indeed to be reckoned with. Chronicling his childhood in pre-Civil Rights era Tennessee, Moser alternately shocks and moves the reader with his family vignettes, all told with a direct and simple style that is lush with creative metaphor. Much of the book delineates the violent falling out, and later reconciliation, of Moser and his brother Tommy, perfectly capturing the complications and complexities of sibling relationships. 

— From Emily's Picks

With his new memoir, local artist Barry Moser proves without a doubt that his storytelling skills are something indeed to be reckoned with. Chronicling his childhood in pre-Civil Rights era Tennessee, Moser alternately shocks and moves the reader with his family vignettes, all told with a direct and simple style that is lush with creative metaphor. Much of the book delineates the violent falling out, and later reconciliation, of Moser and his brother Tommy, perfectly capturing the complications and complexities of sibling relationships. ~Emily *Signed copies*

— From 2015 Memoir/Biography

Description


Brothers Barry and Tommy Moser were born of the same parents in Chattanooga, Tennessee, slept in the same bedroom, went to the same school, and were both poisoned by their family's deep racism and anti-Semitism. But as they grew older, their perspectives and their paths grew further and further apart. Barry left Chattanooga for New England and a life in the arts; Tommy stayed put and became a mortgage banker. From attitudes about race, to food, politics, and money, the brothers began to think so differently that they could no longer find common ground. For nearly forty years, there was more strife between them than affection.

After one particularly fractious conversation when Barry was in his late fifties and Tommy was in his early sixties, their fragile relationship fell apart. With the raw emotions that so often surface when we talk of our siblings, Barry recalls how they were finally able to traverse that great divide and reconcile their troubled brotherhood before it was too late.

We Were Brothers, written and illustrated by preeminent artist Barry Moser, is a powerful story of reunion told with candor and regret that captures the essence of sibling relationships, with all their complexities, contradictions, and mixed blessings.



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Product Details
ISBN: 9781616204136
ISBN-10: 1616204133
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: October 20th, 2015
Pages: 192
Language: English