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We Were Brothers

By Barry Moser
We Were Brothers by Barry Moser digital book - Fable

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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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“A meditation about a complicated relationship, Barry Moser writes beautifully and with a tender heart of his brother, with whom he had an extremely difficult relationship. The last part, when they make amends, in part because Barry called his brother on his racism and misogyny is truly touching. I give credit to his brother for being able to take in what Barry was so correctly stating, and, it appears, change his attitudes (or at the very least, vocalizing them.) This would be an interesting book to read for people thinking about racism in their families.”

About Barry Moser

BARRY MOSER was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Vatican Library, and the Israel Museum, to name a few. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design; was the 1995 Whitney J. Oates Fellow in Humanities at Princeton University; and was artist and writer in residence at Vassar College in 1998. He is currently Irwin and Pauline Alper Glass Professor of Art and the printer to the college at Smith College. 

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