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Little Cruelties
By (author): Liz Nugent
9781501191312 Paperback, Trade, Flaps English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense Nov 24, 2020
$24.99 CAD
Forthcoming 152.4 x 228.6 mm 352 pages Simon & Schuster
Hailed by #1 New York Times bestselling author A.J. Finn as “a dark jewel of a novel,” Liz Nugent’s new work of fiction follows three Irish brothers, and delves into the many ways families can wreak emotional havoc across generations.

All three of the Drumm brothers were at the funeral.
Only one of us was in the coffin.

William, Brian, and Luke: three boys bound by blood but split by fate, trained from birth by their wily mother to compete for her attention. They play games, as brothers do...yet even after the Drumms escape into the world beyond their windows, those games—those little cruelties—grow more sinister, more merciless, more dangerous. And with their lives entwined like the strands of a noose, only two of the brothers will survive.

Crisply written and quickly paced, perfect for readers of both sophisticated literary fiction and breathtaking suspense, Little Cruelties gazes unflinchingly into the darkness: the darkness collecting in the corners of childhood homes, hiding beneath marriage beds, clasped in the palms of two brothers shaking hands. And it confirms Liz Nugent, whose novels have been celebrated as “captivating” (People) and “highly entertaining” (The Washington Post), as one of the most exciting, perceptive voices in contemporary fiction.

Liz Nugent has worked in Irish film, theater, and television for most of her adult life. She is an award-winning writer of radio and television drama and has written critically acclaimed short stories both for children and adults, as well as the bestselling novels Unraveling Oliver and Lying in Wait. She lives in Dublin. Visit her at LizNugent.ie or follow her on Twitter at @Lizzienugent.

Praise for Little Cruelties

“A dark jewel of a novel, fire flickering in its depths and light lining its edges. . . . No other crime novelist of the past decade has rivaled Patricia Highsmith, Ruth Rendell, or Gillian Flynn. [Little Cruelties is] a tragedy of evil power, crisply written and quickly paced; above all, [it’s] a thriller, swift and exciting and built like a carnival house, all false walls and trapdoors.”
A.J. FINN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

Brilliant, engrossing. . . . No one explores the territory between human frailty and madness better than Liz Nugent. Little Cruelties is superb.”
SHARI LAPENA, author of Someone We Know

“Nobody is a mere cliché in Nugent’s clear, propulsive writing, and the author masterfully unveils the damage and hurt behind every motivation, and the petty resentments, delusions, and carelessness that lie behind every nick and cut the family members inflict upon one another over the four decades of her tale.”
The Sunday Times

“Brilliantly structured, fluently told, Liz Nugent’s best book yet.”
The Irish Times

“A carefully nuanced dark exploration of the old adage 'blood is thicker than water.' Absolutely riveting, the book proves once again that Nugent deserves her fellow authors' opinions of her as a truly outstanding writer.”
The Independent

“A showstopper . . . A compelling rollercoaster read that reveals the utterly devastating consequences of sibling rivalry in a very troubled family. . . . Nugent's realistic characters and edgy plotting make this novel shine. This is a contemporary psychological thriller that will leave you wondering if you ever really know what someone else is thinking—or what goes on behind closed doors.”
The Independent

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