Andy Kubrin writes about family history with a relish for the offbeat, the comic, and the absurd. In a group biography that spans the twentieth century, he traces the lives of his forebears in detailed character studies, ever watchful for their shrewdness, eccentricity, and the historical significance of their goings-on.
Drawing on oral history, memorabilia, and published account, his chronicle takes the full measure of this family’s tragedy, dysfunction, and greatness. We meet a tailor, a magnate, an arsonist, and an intellectual. One great-grandfather peddles cardboard boxes on the streets of Spanish Harlem; another shepherds his family on a grand world tour. A mother holds her dying child in her arms. Siblings make war on one another. One uncle upholds the tenets of bourgeois orthodoxy while another rails against the system. All these relatives pose essential questions: Who am I? How did I emerge from this family?
Andy Kubrin holds an MFA from Bennington College. His work has appeared in The Florida Review and Fourth Genre. Originally from Los Angeles, he now lives in Calgary, Alberta.
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