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See How Small by Scott Blackwood
  

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The dreadful effect of the murder of three teenage girls on the inhabitants of a Texas town. There are five main characters: the mother of two of the victims, a fireman who attempted to rescue them, the 17-year old ‘get-away’ driver, a newspaper reporter and a damaged military veteran who was hanging around the area. In short chapters with shifting points of view, we follow the damage. This is an unsettling book about people struggling in the face of tragedy. It’s a crime story, yes, but not a detective tale. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. On a late evening in a Texas town, two strangers enter an ice-cream shop as it is about to close. They grab the three teenage girls working behind the counter, tie them up and set fire to the shop and vanish. After this arresting opening, Scott Blackwood takes us into the heart of the tragedy with a focus on those left behind, the survivors: the family, the witnesses and suspects who will have to deal with the residue of the horrific attack. This is highly unusual fare, delivered in a clipped, almost brusque style that perfectly suits the cool but alarming tone of voice of the author.
~ Barry Forshaw

Synopsis

See How Small by Scott Blackwood

A riveting novel about the aftermath of a brutal murder of three teenage girls, written in incantatory prose 'that's as fine as any being written by an American author today' (Ben Fountain) One late autumn evening in a Texas town, two strangers walk into an ice cream shop shortly before closing time. They bind up the three teenage girls who are working the counter, set fire to the shop, and disappear. 'See How Small' tells the stories of the survivors - family, witnesses, and suspects - who must endure in the wake of atrocity. Justice remains elusive in their world, human connection tenuous. Hovering above the aftermath of their deaths are the three girls. They watch over the town and make occasional visitations, trying to connect with and prod to life those they left behind. See how small a thing it is that keeps us apart, they say. A master of compression and lyrical precision, Scott Blackwood has surpassed himself with this haunting, beautiful, and enormously powerful new novel.

Reviews

'A brutal, necessary and near perfect novel'
NPR

'Mesmerizing ... In lyrical, often dreamlike prose, Blackwood illuminates the nature of grief and the connections among the living and the dead'
People

'See How Small is superb. In prose that's as fine as any being written today, Scott Blackwood plumbs the depths of a story that is alternately haunting, terrifying, and achingly tragic. Blackwood illuminates the human condition even as he breaks our hearts.'
Ben Fountain

About the Author

Scott Blackwood is the author of two previous books of fiction, In the Shadow of Our House and We Agreed to Meet Just Here, and the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award. He's also the author of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, a book of narrative nonfiction. A long-time resident of Austin, Texas, Blackwood now lives in Chicago and teaches fiction writing in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University.

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Book Info

Publication date

21st September 2015

Author

Scott Blackwood

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Author's Website

scottblackwood.com/

Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007580965

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