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little scratch
a novel
By (author): Rebecca Watson
9780771005831 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women Aug 11, 2020
$23.00 CAD
Active 6.3 x 8.5 x 0.7 in | 0.75 lb 224 pages McClelland & Stewart Strange Light
In the formally innovative tradition of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers and Ducks, Newburyport comes a dazzlingly original, shot-in-the-arm of a debut that reveals a young woman’s every thought over the course of one deceptively ordinary day.

She wakes up, goes to work. Watches the clock and checks her phone. But underneath this monotony there’s something else going on: something under her skin.

Relayed in interweaving columns that chart the feedback loop of memory, the senses, and modern distractions with wit and precision, our narrator becomes increasingly anxious as the day moves on: Is she overusing the heart emoji? Isn’t drinking eight glasses of water a day supposed to fix everything? Why is the etiquette of the women’s bathroom so fraught? How does she define rape? And why can’t she stop scratching?

Fiercely moving and slyly profound, little scratch is a defiantly playful look at how our minds function in—and survive—the darkest moments.

UNIQUE, ADDICTIVE READING EXPERIENCE PERFECT FOR STRANGE LIGHT: The structure of this novel encourages readers to be active, continuously choosing whether they will read down or across the page as they go, which also keeps them in the thrall of Rebecca’s singular voice for a slim, one-sitting read.

A LEADER IN THE CONVERSATION: Rebecca was commissioned to write about her own sexual assualt in a cover story for The Times Literary Supplement and she was a leader in the U.K.’s #NotGuilty movement, which aimed to eradicate the guilt connected to survivors of sexual assault. She’s comfortable talking about these topics during publication.

SURPRISINGLY FUNNY: Despite the dark subject matter, there is an inherent lightness to Rebecca’s voice and this manuscript is littered with plays on words, innuendos, and jokes that make the point that not every thought a survivor has is about their trauma. This reality isn’t written about often enough.

STYLIZED AND ACCESSIBLE: Thanks to books like Milkman and A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, the readership for little scratch is primed to embrace unconventional forms. little scratch may look complex at first glance, but it doesn’t take long to get into the flow.

STRONG PUBLISHING PARTNERS: Publishing simultaneously alongside Doubleday in the U.S., and Faber and Faber in the U.K. will follow.

Rebecca Watson writes for publications including the Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement, and Granta. In 2018 she was short-listed for the White Review Short Story Prize. This is her debut novel.

Author Residence: London, UK

Author Hometown: Wales

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“I was immediately enveloped in the staccato of little scratch, which spun between wry, funny, and heartbreaking. It captures beautifully a rhythm not just of trauma, but also of the small, defiant, everyday happinesses that push through and against it.”—Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure

“Rebecca Watson’s little scratch reads like the cinders settling in the air after an explosion. The silent and enraged inner testimony of a character striving to maintain ’normalcy,’ little scratch is daring and completely readable.”—Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins

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