Small g by Patricia Highsmith
A Summer Idyll

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"Like Ripley, [Highsmith's characters] burn in a reader's memory."—Susan Salters Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Book Review


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.
 

About Patricia Highsmith

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Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.
 
Published June 17, 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company. 313 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But Luisa works for Renate Hagnauer, a vicious homophobe who has spread rumors that Petey was killed in bed by someone he picked up at Jakob’s, and Renate’s gossip is magnified by the odious Willi Biber, a gay-bashing thug who hangs out at Jakob’s in search of new prey.

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The last novel by this still underappreciated author, published here nine years after Highsmith's death, is a sour, mostly inert comedy of manners.

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