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little scratch by Rebecca Watson
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Aug 11, 2020 | ISBN 9780385545761

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“[little scratch] is a powerful debut from Financial Times journalist Watson, making her one of the year’s best new writers to watch.”Bustle

little scratch is a novel of such startling pulse, a pulse that ceaselessly, daringly beats its way through writing…I couldn’t put it down, as they say, but really, I couldn’t. Reading it has broken my heart and opened my mind. It is a daring display of experience that persists and persists and never loses its light.”—Jenny Slate, New York Times bestselling author of Little Weirds

“I was immediately enveloped in the staccato of little scratch, which spun between wry, funny and heartbreaking. It captures beautifully a rhythm not just of trauma, but also of the small, defiant, everyday happinesses that push through and against it.” —Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure and Blue Ticket
“Rebecca Watson’s little scratch is an immersive experience, an exhilarating plunge into the mundanity and the horror and the mundane horror of a day in a life that is not quite right. It’s experimental in the best sense of the word: Watson bends form to accommodate a narrator who wants desperately to communicate but cannot quite bring herself to speak.”—Miranda Popkey, author of Topics of Conversation

“An inventive, immersive debut… Watson’s clever convention and set pieces are not simply flourishes but integral to the plot and themes… A haunting, virtuosic performance.”Publishers Weekly, *Starred Review*

“Formally daring and unique, the novel’s structure mirrors the ways the woman’s mind jumps from mundane moments to the life-changing ones.”The Millions

“The unnamed narrator of this debut novel is an Everywoman…The physical form of the narrative reproduces the experience of the woman’s scattered thoughts… which overlap, interrupt each other, merge, and battle in the saturated “now” of the book’s overwhelming immediacy. The result is an unusual reading experience which relates both the mundane and the revelatory…A daring book whose innovations are balanced by the sad familiarity of its pain.”Kirkus Review

“Witty, defiant, tender… what a book!”—Olivia Sudjic, author of Sympathy and Exposure

“Reads like the cinders settling in the air after an explosion… daring and completely readable.”—Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins

“Rebecca Watson’s little scratch voraciously captures our life… Watson uses language with a sniper’s precision to target and capture the million little re-calibrations of the self that a young woman has to undertake in order to go from one day to the next. . . It is a story that is urgent. It is a story that needs to be told.”—Meena Kandasamy, author of When I Hit You

“Confident and vital. . . little scratch is an absolute gift.”—Naoise Dolan, author of Exciting Times

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