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Small g

by Patricia Highsmith

Small g Synopsis

In unmistakable Highsmithian fashion, Small g, Patricia Highsmith's final novel, opens near a seedy Zurich bar with the brutal murder of Petey Ritter. Unraveling the vagaries of love, sexuality, jealousy, and death, Highsmith weaves a mystery both hilarious and astonishing, a classic fairy tale executed with a characteristic penchant for darkness. Published in paperback for the first time in America, Small g is at once an exorcism of Highsmith's literary demons and a revelatory capstone to a wholly remarkable career. It is a delightfully incantatory work that, in the tradition of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, shows us how bizarre and unpredictable love can be.

Small g Press Reviews

All those qualities that have made Highsmith such an important figure-her carefully crafted prose, her understanding of human frailties and the randomness of life-are present in this final work. -- Aaron Stander - I Love a Mystery The best thing about Small g is the affectionate homage it pays to relationships that are not exclusive or possessive, that may or may not be sexual, but which have the power to create happiness or break a stranglehold that is choking off a full, delicious life. -- Lambda Book Report Its superabundance of characters is only one of the elements that give Small g its air of Shakespearean complexity. -- David Leavitt - New York Times Book Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780393327038
Publication date: 10th June 2005
Author: Patricia Highsmith
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

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