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David Small's long-awaited graphic novel is a savage portrayal of male adolescence gone awry like no other work of recent fiction or film.

Wildly kaleidoscopic and furiously cinematic, Home After Dark is a literary tour-de-force that renders the brutality of adolescence in the so-called nostalgic 1950s, evoking such classics as The Lord of the Flies. Thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt, abandoned by his mother, follows his father to sun-splashed California in search of a dream. Suddenly forced to fend for himself, Russell struggles to survive in Marshfield, a dilapidated town haunted by a sadistic animal killer and a ring of malicious boys who bully Russell for being "queer." Rescued from his booze-swilling father by Wen and Jian Mah, a Chinese immigrant couple who long for a child, Russell betrays their generosity by running away with their restaurant's proceeds. Told almost entirely through thousands of spliced images, once again "employ[ing] angled shots and silent montages worthy of Alfred Hitchcock" (Washington Post, on Stitches) , Home After Dark becomes a new form of literature in this shocking graphic interpretation of cinema verité.



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David Small

David Small is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal, a Christopher Medal, and the E. B. White Award for his picture books, which include "The Gardener" (with Sarah Stewart, 1997 Caldicott Honor, Christopher Medal) , "So You Want to Be President? " (2001 Caldicott Medal) , "George Washington's Cows," "Ruby Mae Has Something to Say," "Eulalie and the Hopping Head," "Fenwick's Suit," "Imogene's Antlers," "Paper John," "Hoover's Bride," "Hoover's Bride," and "Stitches," (2009 National Book Award nominee, Amazon Best of the Month, September 2009) , and many others. Small's drawings have appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times. He lives in Mendon, Michigan.



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