little scratch (Paperback)Rebecca Watson (author)
Structurally audacious and written with an understated power, Watson’s debut novel recounts the minutiae of an ordinary day from the point of view of a woman living with the legacy of sexual abuse.
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize 2021
little scratch tells the story of a day in the life of an unnamed woman, living in a lower-case world of demarcated fridge shelves and office politics; clock-watching and WhatsApp notifications.
In a voice that is fiercely wry, touchingly delicate and increasingly neurotic, the protagonist relays what it takes to get through the quotidian detail of that single trajectory - from morning to night - while processing recent sexual violence.
little scratch is about the coexistence of monotony with our waking, intelligent lives. It is a powerful evocation of how the external and internal aspects of our lives exist in a helix, and what it means to live out the course of a single day consumed by trauma.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 216 x 153 x 15 mm
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“Insightful, experimental, and thought-provoking”
Thank you to Faber and NetGalley for an advance e-copy of this title.
Little Scratch was an interesting, thought-provoking and innovative debut novel. The style is extremely experimental, which may not be everyone’s... More
“An important topic and an attempt to experiment with literary form”
Hmm, this is a hard one to review because Watson is striving to do something fresh here in attempting to give voice to experience. The topic of sexual trauma is always an important one, and it's complicated here... More
I like the idea of this book but the formatting is all over the place. You really have to work to read this one. Parts are very long winded, a page of the same word written over and over again, it takes a long time to... More
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