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See How Small
See How Small: A Novel | Scott Blackwood
64 posts | 13 read | 15 to read
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.
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amiekreger
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I‘ve heard mixed reviews on this one. Debating whether to bother or not.

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Hooked_on_books
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Panpan

Ug. Better title: What a Mess

Or, perhaps: Just Don‘t Bother

#botmbuddyread

Soubhiville Ah, bummer. 3w
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville I‘m pretty sure everyone in the buddy read hated it. I have no idea what BOTM was thinking, picking this one. At least it‘s super short. 3w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Final discussion tomorrow at 1pm CST!! Questions on @TheBookHippie page 🙌🏻📚🙌🏻📚

#BotmBuddyRead

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Mdargusch
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Panpan

I finished this #botmbuddyread during #puppynaptime today.
This book has made my list of #toptenbooksihatethemost. It is very pretentious and disjointed and thankfully short.

mabell That‘s quite an “honor”! 😆 1mo
TheBookHippie 😭😭😭🤷🏽‍♀️ 1mo
Reviewsbylola But is it as bad as 1mo
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Eggs
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This memorial plaque in the parking lot of the former I Can‘t Believe It‘s Yogurt (now Classy Nails) store in Austin commemorates the short lives of the four teen aged girls on which this book is based.

Texreader I remember this event like it was yesterday, right down the road from where I worked and where I hung out as a teenager. Didn‘t know there was a book. I couldn‘t do it. I remember too much. 😥 1mo
AmyG Thank had no idea this book was based on a true event. 1mo
Eggs @AmyG My daughter was a HS classmate of Eliza Thomas 1mo
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AmyG How awful. 😪 1mo
Eggs @AmyG @Texreader 💔😞 1mo
Texreader @Eggs It was just such a heinous crime. How horrid for your daughter. 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Discussion tomorrow at 1pm CST!! Christine has some awesome, very thought provoking questions ready!! All are welcome!!! Go to her page for questions @TheBookHippie 📚📚📚

#BotmBuddyRead

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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First discussion on Sunday at 1pm CST!! Questions on @TheBookHippie page!! Hope to see you there!!

#BotmBuddyRead

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Join us for discussion on chapters 1-28 on August 18th at 1pm CST!!!

#BotmBuddRead

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Who‘s reading tonight and what are you reading?! 📚📚

Happy Friday everyone!!

#FridayNightBookClub

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @SW-T 📚👍🏻📚 1mo
KatieDid927 🙋🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @KatieDid927 I almost ordered that for #BOTM!! Let me know how it is!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Laughterhp I got this for my #BOTM 📚 1mo
Laughterhp Me too! 😊 1mo
sprainedbrain Me! Working on some netgalleys and 1mo
Chili Just started 1mo
CarolynM Saturday morning here, I'm reading on the couch 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CarolynM happy Saturday 📚❤️📚 1mo
sprainedbrain @Chili love that book! 😊 1mo
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Mdargusch
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Today‘s puppy nap time agenda -
See How Small for #botmbuddyread and This is Going to Hurt for #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub.

Now I need to get off Litsy before they wake up. 😆

monalyisha SO FREAKIN' SWEET. 1mo
daena Those ears! 💜 1mo
LiteraryinLititz What a smiley face! 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
LibrarianRyan baby!!!!! 1mo
Crazeedi So adorable!! 🐶❤ 1mo
ladym30 Such a cutie!❤️ 1mo
Reviewsbylola Wow they‘re both exhausted!! 1mo
kspenmoll Adorable!!!💚 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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First discussion on Sunday, August 18th at 1pm CST!!!

#BotmBuddyRead

Macker11 Yay! My first discussion! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Macker11 yay!!!! 🙌🏻📚 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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We hope you can join us!!! 📚📚📚

#BotmBuddyRead

Mdargusch I just saw this - I‘m in! 🙋🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mdargusch yay!!! 💗💗💗 1mo
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Mehso-so

I read this as a part of the August #BotmBuddyRead organized by @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks hoping to get an early start but ended up completing it.
The story is based on a real life incident in Austin and deals with how life continues in the aftermath of a horrific tragedy. It reminded me of The Virgin Suicides and The Lovely Bones. I thought there were too many characters and it seemed to ramble. This novel might be great for others, though.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We hope you will still join us for discussion!! 1mo
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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks :
#BOTMBUDDYREAD AUGUST!!!
Short one this month!!!
Hope you can join in! See you on the 18th for our first discussion of this old BOOK OF THE MONTH selection!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you!!! 1mo
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kspenmoll
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#BotmBuddyRead #LiteraryCrew
Two buddy reads this month. See How Small (#botm) & The Summer Country (#LC). Started both but decided to concentrate on one at a time!
The mug is my husband‘s fav. I dropped it & it chipped in several places. He got it last year for donating to #NPR #WFCR‑FM. It is a special artist mug, panels of the season. I called asking to buy one & they were so nice & are mailing me one for free. We live #NPR! #HappyHusband💚💛

Librarybelle Looks like a lovely reading area! 1mo
kspenmoll @Librarybelle Best room in the house! Cool most mornings! (edited) 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!!! 💗💗 1mo
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OriginalCyn620 Pretty spot! ❤️ 1mo
Crazeedi Started summer country too!!😉❣ 1mo
kspenmoll @Crazeedi Glad you are joining in!!! 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
See How Small: A Novel | Scott Blackwood
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We hope you will join us!!! 📚📚📚

Discussion on Sundays at 1pm CST!!

#BotmBuddyRead

Cathyloves2read I‘m looking forward to this discussion. I just finished the book. Rated it soso. Thinking I‘ll have a better understanding of parts of it after our discussion. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cathyloves2read I‘ve seen mixed reviews... We are happy to have you joining us!! 🙌🏻 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
See How Small: A Novel | Scott Blackwood
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#BOTMBUDDYREAD AUGUST!!!
Short one this month!!!
Hope you can join in! See you on the 18th for our first discussion of this old BOOK OF THE MONTH selection!