Announcing Marc J. Sheehan’s “The Civil War War”

July 20, 2021

We are so excited to announce the release of Marc J. Sheehan’s The Civil War War, a Vella Chapbook Co-Winner, and the fourth of six titles to be released from our lineup selected from our 2020 contests. The book may be ordered here or under the Books menu, in case you’re looking for some other new reads to pick up.

What do Rat Fink tattoos, porta-potties, holograms, Jeopardy!, zombies, Chatty Cathy, Lysistrata, replicant angels, and sorrow vendors have in common? They all play a role in Marc Sheehan’s everything-including-the-kitchen-sink absurdist flash fictions about men who re-enact the Civil War in real time (!) and the women who refuse to have sex with them. The chapters are simultaneously whimsical and moving, wry and rueful, laugh-out-loud funny and searingly serious. Sheehan’s humor is dry, yes, but it burns like dry ice. What a marvelous book—and given the uncivil war we’ve been enduring—what a timely one, too.

— David Jauss, author of Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories and <em?Nice People: New & Selected Stories II

Part George Saunders and part Borges but wholly in and of itself his own, Marc Sheehan’s The Civil War War is daring, inventive, startling–and so prescient and prophetic it feels like the vivid soul print of America now in its ragged and torn state but somehow as it has always been. Somehow this small but searing book speaks to the tragic fact that America is still at war with itself even as this brilliant work offers a kind of miraculous healing through the power of art, truth, humor, and compassion. 

Robert Vivian, author of All I Feel Is Rivers: Dervish Essays

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