In this episode 221, we visit with Marc Jampole, author of The Brothers Silver, a sweeping novel exploring the shame, guilt, anger and fear of betrayal which distort the relationship that survivors of childhood trauma have with other people and their past.
The story begins with brothers Jules and Leon Silver sitting helpless as their mother tries and fails to complete suicide. This act is the catalyst for the book’s tightly woven timeline of Jules and Leon’s lives.
The poet Sparrow X had this to say about the book, The Brothers Silver employs a fevered, poetry-laced prose to careen through the nine dimensions of American dysfunction. Like that of a Jewish Jack Kerouac, Jampole’s writing has ‘gyrating vibrato folds, wonderfully dissonant cliffs and dips, notes expanding, subsiding and colliding, waning and waxing…’”