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Alter Alter

Alter Alter is a collection of short stories bridging views of the real and the surreal, covering territories of childhood, displacement, encounter, estrangement, mirror and divergence, while they spiral around a central theme of otherness—how it haunts us, how it constantly eludes us.

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Alter Alter is a collection of short stories bridging views of the real and the surreal, covering territories of childhood, displacement, encounter, estrangement, mirror and divergence, while they spiral around a central theme of otherness—how it haunts us, how it constantly eludes us.

This book is a collection of  short stories, articulated in 7 sections.

  1. Cassandra, vision, a “premonition,” is loosely related to neuro difference, mental illness, mental states often considered “altered.”
  2. Hell is death, the ultimate altered state, our imagination of the afterlife, devil/demon, and the idea of evil.
  3. Mozart, a section about love, declined by a number of different love stories, happy, unhappy, complex, some linear.
  4. In Color is also about love from a child’s point of view. It is about girlhood and coming of age, but it goes backwards and closes upon infant memories.
  5. Alter Alter contains the title story, and it focuses on the main theme of the book. It contains several stories of sisterhood, either biological or not.
  6. All the stories in Long Distance add to the relationship with the other an element of displacement and remoteness.
  7. Drift amplifies the distance and resumes a surreal tone, similar to that of the first section.

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Toti O’Brien is the Italian Accordionist with the Irish Last Name. Born in Rome, living in Los Angeles, she is an artist, musician and dancer. She is the author of Other Maidens (BlazeVOX, 2020), An Alphabet of Birds (Moonrise, 2020), In Her Terms (Cholla Needles, 2021), Pages of a Broken Diary (Pski’s Porch, 2022), The Past, Ineffable (Cholla Needles, 2023), and Odd Arcana (Cholla Needles, 2023). totihan.net

Additional information

Weight 19 oz
Dimensions 5 × 7 in
Format

Paperback

Pages

514

Publisher

Elyssar Press

Language

English

ISBN

979-8-9853686-8-0

1 review for Alter Alter

  1. Alex M. Frankel, author of Birth Mother Mercy

    “There’s no path, no stairs, no trail, no slope, nothing. Just a void … will it allow my passage? How does emptiness hold?” In the highly unusual pieces that comprise Alter Alter, Toti O’Brien’s narrators stumble through a fog of crepuscular consciousness. These explorative ficciones, these multi-layered mini-voyages recounted in a staccato style, manage to travel from O’Brien’s mind to the reader’s, where they grope anew for stability and safe harbor in an era that provides neither.

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