The Small Backs of Children

The Small Backs of Children

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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"In a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, an American photographer captures a heart-stopping image: a young girl flying toward the lens, fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. The image, instantly iconic, garners acclaim and prizes and, in the United States, becomes a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer's best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
[Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062383266
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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jannylegs
Jul 16, 2016

Beautiful writing, but what??!!

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nsheinbaum
Jan 02, 2016

A truly awful book. DO NOT BOTHER!!!!

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peacebenow
Dec 17, 2015

this book was awful :( Literary attempt but a disaster.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 10, 2015

The rare book that I picked up because I liked the title. Compared to Henry Miller and Bukowski, among others, Lidia Yukanivitch is certainly among the so-called transgressive writers and the graphic sex plays out like a more literary version of "50 Shades of Grey." I don't mind sex in novels, but it's always a little hard to take seriously for me and, frankly, it didn't really add much to the story. Yuknavitch's style is original, but draws too much attention to itself. Some chapters are only a sentence long, others have double instead of single columns. To what end exactly? The characters, rather than named, are simply girl, filmmaker, poet, etc. The best thing I can say about it is that it's an interesting failure.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 10, 2015

The rare book that I picked up because I liked the title. Compared to Henry Miller and Bukowski, among others, Lidia Yukanivitch is certainly among the so-called transgressive writers and the graphic sex plays out like a more literary version of "50 Shades of Grey." I don't mind sex in novels, but it's always a little hard to take seriously for me and, frankly, it didn't really add much to the story. Yuknavitch's style is original, but draws too much attention to itself. Some chapters are only a sentence long, others have double instead of single columns. To what end exactly? The characters, rather than named, are simply girl, filmmaker, poet, etc. The best thing I can say about it is that it's an interesting failure. Oh, and I liked the part where the painter (name: the painter) used his genitalia to paint.

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sparkledarks
Sep 12, 2015

When I read the note about this it seemed like a great story of something good coming from horror. It seems the writer was more focused on graphic sex and torture. I tried skimming looking for more meaning but seemed to choose more of the same. I hope everybody got out alive and PTSD and Sex Therapists were standing by. It gets one star for sounding like a good book. So many books and a wonderful library to choose another.......

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bronteside
Jul 18, 2015

High praise from critics.
Some clever writing but couldn't finish it.
Plot was short-circuiting..felt like a literary electrocution.

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