Sky Saw by Blake Butler

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Sky Saw by Blake Butler

From the author of Nothing and There Is No Year comes another tugging on the elasticity of American language. Sky Saw covers another tale of the family that lies beneath the family.

In an interview published in the winter 2010 issue of the Paris Review, Jonathan Franzen said to Stephen Burn, "I've never felt less self-consciously preoccupied with language than I did when I was writing Freedom. Over and over again, as I was producing chapters, I said to myself, 'This feels nothing like the writing I did for twenty years; this just feels transparent.'" Franzen added that this struck him as "a good sign" - an indication that he was "pressing language more completely into the service of providing transparent access to the stories I was telling and to the characters in those stories."

Blake Butler is the opposite of that.

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