Small G: A Summer Idyll by Patricia HighsmithSmall G: A Summer Idyll by Patricia Highsmith

Small G: A Summer Idyll

byPatricia Highsmith

Paperback | June 28, 2005

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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.
Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.
Title:Small G: A Summer IdyllFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.85 inPublished:June 28, 2005Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393327035

ISBN - 13:9780393327038

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Editorial Reviews

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)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 ReportAll 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)