Freud's Blind Spot: 23 Original Essays on Cherished, Estranged, Lost, Hurtful, Hopeful, Complicated Siblings

Freud's Blind Spot: 23 Original Essays on Cherished, Estranged, Lost, Hurtful, Hopeful, Complicated Siblings

by Elisa Albert


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Relationships with our siblings stretch, as an old saying has it, all the way from the cradle to the grave. Few bonds in life are as significant, as formative, as lasting, and as frequently overlooked as those we share with our brothers and sisters.

In this stellar, first-of-its-kind anthology, contemporary writers explore the rich and varied landscape of sibling experience, illuminating the essential, occasionally wonderful, often difficult ways our brothers and sisters—or lack thereof—shape us. There are those who love and cherish their siblings, those who abhor and avoid them, and everyone in between.

Contributors include the following:

Steve Almond, Daphne Beal, Nat Bennett, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, James Cañón, T Cooper, Lauren Grodstein, Nellie Hermann, Joanna Hershon, Nalini Jones, Etgar Keret, Victor LaValle, Vestal McIntyre, Jay Baron Nicorvo, Mary Norris, Eric Orner, Peter Orner, Angela Pneuman, Margo Rabb, Edward Schwarzschild, Robert Anthony Siegel, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway, and Rebecca Wolff

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439154724
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 273
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Elisa Albert is the author of the short story collection How This Night is Different and the novel The Book of Dahlia. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University and is currently Writer-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Holland.

Table of Contents

Introduction Elisa Albert 1

The Brothers Grim Steve Almond 7

Elliot Lauren Grodstein 17

Any Day Now Joanna Hershon 23

Islanders Eric Orner 33

Dyke Bridge Peter Orner 43

Sean Robert Anthony Siegel 47

Jackie Margo Rabb 61

Gender Studies Mary Norris 69

The Gospel According to P- Victor LaValle 85

Who Will Save Us Now" Nalini Jones 97

Thirty-eight Questions I've Always Wanted to Ask My Brother Steve but Never Have Until Now T Cooper 109

True Brothers James Cañón 129

Ben Hermann Forever Nellie Hermann 139

Bodies of Water Miranda Beverly-Whitternore 147

Brotherly Love Edward Schwarzschild 157

Burning Questions Jill Soloway Faith Soloway 167

The Age of Innocence Daphne Beal 187

The Roof Beneath Our Feet Jay Baron Nicorvo 203

Ultra-Orthodox Sister Etgar Keret 219

Tickle or Torture Vestal Mclntyre 225

Sister Angela Pneuman 237

Halfway or In-between or Something Else Nat Bennett 243

N: I Knew Him When Rebecca Wolff 255

Contributors 263

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