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See How Small
See How Small
Author: Scott Blackwood
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. Just...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780316373807
ISBN-10: 031637380X
Publication Date: 1/20/2015
Pages: 224
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  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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2.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 39
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See How Small is set Austin, TX, and starts with a murder and fire that ended several lives.

That's the end of clarity as far as this book is concerned. Most of the pages--and the book seems far longer than its 224 pages--are covered with disjointed, rambling, incoherent, self-indulgent, and uninteresting reactions to the crime from a constantly shifting cast of nebulous, strange, and unintelligible people. The prose tries too hard to be literary, what passes for a plot tries too hard to be profound and meaningful, and it all ends up just being pretentious.

Based on reviews I'd read, I didn't expect to find a typical murder mystery here, but if the book isn't going to be that, it needs to be something else. I was never able to figure out exactly what the author intended that something else to be. I gained no insights into human nature. I didn't connect with the novel either as an analysis of loss and sorrow, or as an examination of the cruel and unfair nature of the universe. In fact, I didn't connect with it at all.
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