2016 PEN Center USA Literary Award Winner for Fiction
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 survivorsfamily, witnesses, and suspectswho 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.
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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More than 1 year ago
This is a unique novel that grapples with the reverberations of grief and trauma on a town following the inexplicable murder of three teenaged girls. It's not a mystery in the usual sense but about the mystery of us as people, our surprising disconnections and connections to one another. Unlike anything you'll read this year. Highly recommended.
More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book. From the beginning I kept reading trying to figure out the point and story. More than once I thought about not finishing this book and the only reason I did was I kept thinking there would be more. Very disappointing with a strange ending for me.
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