Lined Up Like Scars

by Swoon & Meg Tuite

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Meg Tuite’s Lined Up Like Scars artfully explores the irony, absurdity, tragedy, humor—and somehow, through it all, love—of dysfunctional family dynamics. The energy of Tuite’s off-kilter, poetic prose dazzles on every page of this fine book.
–Tom Hazuka , editor of Best American Flash Fiction of the 21st Century

It begins with a question—What is it that brought us together?—and this brilliant collection answers it with ten stories inhabited by the strain of family, the echo of a house, the shared lives of friends & neighbors. Throughout is the wonder of Tuite’s prose—“The bark of your skin is a train-wreck of beauty.” Readers can feel the deep love that infuses each carefully chosen word, each masterfully crafted story.
–Randall Brown, author of Mad To Live and Founder and Managing Editor of Matter Press

Meg Tuite’s collection, Lined Up Like Scars, is a brave and beautiful book that both stuns and disturbs.
–Sheila O’Connor, author of Where No Gods Came and Tokens of Grace.

Tuite is a master music- and metaphor-maker, combining remarkable character complexity with almost impossible compression, as if she’s squeezed a four-hundred-page novel into forty pages. Once readers have read this book—in one sitting no less—they’ll be as obsessed with it as I am, reading it again and again and still saying, Did that really just happen? Tuite’s world shows us that behind the mask of “normal” family, madness is “as close as Mom’s floral upholstery” and childhood is “the scab that never heals.”
Lex Williford–

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released April 13, 2016

Meg Tuite: Words & Voice
Swoon: All music

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Swoon (aka Marc Neys) Mechelen, Belgium

Swoon builds soundscapes & Soundtracks; Shapes are dissociated from their original meaning, layers of meanings are being build upon endlessly. By manipulating the listener to create confusion, he tries to create works in which atmospheric moments of evocation and suspense are not part of a narrative thread. The drama unfolds elsewhere while the build-up of tension is frozen or repeats itself. ... more

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