?Brother Dumb is the memoir of a reclusive American literary icon. Brother Dumb is a how-to manual for meaningful critical engagement with the real world. Brother Dumb is a celebration of innocence, youth, and altruism. Brother Dumb is a true story of self-imposed exile. . . . Brother Dumb is also a work of fiction. Brother Dumb begins in the mid-40s, but spans decades, delving deep into the five tortured relationships that have shaped one writer’s psycho-sexual history but it also details his bitter literary decline and withdrawal from public life. Brother Dumb is a misanthrope. His withdrawal from the world is as famous, or infamous, as his writing something that he takes great pains to explain is not a desperate cry for attention. Attention is the last thing Brother Dumb wants. So why publish this memoir? Why expose himself to a world of stupid, lecherous, greedy, evil, and calculating people? Because he can’t not write. And because, somewhere out there, a kindred soul might actually be reading. . . .
"Guilty is pleasure . . . fabulous." --"The Village Voice"
"A well-paced and provocative book that sets itself an enormous creative challenge." --"Quill & Quire"
"Gilbert is a world class rambler . . . nothing but entertaining." --"The Toronto Star"
"Gilbert's story of art and refusal is rich with reminders of the existential vicissitudes of corporeal existence, and of how pain shuns the spotlight of language." --"Canadian Literature"
"Brother Dumb is especially fascinating when he talks about art and culture, the publishing industry, what makes a work of art successful and the perils of fame." --"Now Magazine"
"A fictional 'memoir of a reclusive American literary icon' in the voice of 'cranky old' J.D. Salinger . . . Gibert's prose (which has always been Salingeresque) skips along as smartly and readably as ever." --"The Globe and Mail"