Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Marc J. Sheehan's "The Civil War War"

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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 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



Marc J. Sheehan is the author of two full-length poetry collections, along with two chapbooks of poetry and one of flash fiction. His short story “Objet du Desir” won the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest sponsored by the public radio program Selected Shorts.  His story “The Dauphin” was broadcast on Weekend All Things Considered as part of its Three-Minute  Fiction  series.  He  has stories, poems, essays and reviews in many literary magazines including Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Pank, and Michigan Quarterly Review.  He lives in Grand Haven, Michigan.