There Is No Year by Blake Butler
A Novel

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"Butler is an original force who is fearless with form. . . . [an] inventive and deeply promising young author." —Time Out New York

"[Butler's] sentences. . . twist and evolve, and there's a perverse joy that comes from watching just how his paragraphs are shaped, of tracing their contractions and rhythms." —Flavorpill

With echoes of Justin Taylor, Tony O’Neill, and Dennis Cooper, breakout novelist Blake Butler delivers a wildly inventive, impressionistic novel of family, sickness, and the wrenching birth of art. Evocative of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves and the films of David Lynch, There Is No Year offers a fractured, dystopian parable about the struggle and survival of art, identity, and family. As the Toronto Globe and Mail says, “if the distortion and feedback of Butler's intense riffing is too loud, you may very well be too boring.”

 

About Blake Butler

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Blake Butler is the author of the novel There Is No Year, the novella Ever, and the novel-in-stories Scorch Atlas. He edits “the internet literature magazine blog of the future” HTMLGiant, as well as two journals of innovative text, Lamination Colony and No Colony. He lives in Atlanta.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 421 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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So, the father, the mother and the son live in a house, just like the carbon copy father, mother and son had done before them.

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The New York Times

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Blake Butler’s new novel is a family drama presented as a puzzle in diverse forms, from Whitmanesque to minimalist.

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Publishers Weekly

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Butler's inventive third book is dedicated "For no one" and begins with an eerie prologue about the saturation of the world with a damaging light.

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New York Journal of Books

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In the preface to his 2008 definitive text How Fiction Works, author and literary critic James Wood writes:“In this book I try to ask some of the essential questions about the art of fiction.

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Open Letters Monthly

and the son saw what he made, he saw the texture of the ejection, of the words burped from several selves he’d held in hives, layers wished and crushed and in him, and he felt the words spread through the room expanding, felt the words burst back into him and through and through and out of the ro...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Somehow, despite all its over-the-top weirdness, There Is No Year manages to feel like stringent and abrasive New Journalism about the contemporary American psyche, as we all live "underwater" in our deadweight houses, forced nightly to confront the warped doppelgangers born of our misguided and ...

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Time Out Chicago

Butler’s sentences are frequently dizzying (“The father did not know he was not moving”) and poetic (“The son pulled the lever and the center bloomed—bloomed out into a light—a light as large as many rooms”), and gathered in engrossing vignette-like sections.

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The [TK] Review

Emily Dickinson once wrote in a letter that “Nature is a haunted house—but Art—is a house that tries to be haunted.” Butler’s novel is thrillingly the latter, a book as shaggy and dark and seductive as the house at its core, but there’s no way around saying this: it should have been 150 pages sho...

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