Sunday, February 27, 2011

Every Shallow Cut -- Tom Piccirilli

Every Shallow Cut is new novella by Tom Piccirilli, and it's a harrowing tale of a man who's lost pretty much everything: his house, his wife, his writing career (such as it was), his self-respect. About all he has left is Churchill, his bulldog. And then things start to go downhill.

In a way, this is something of a road novel, as the narrator's traveling across country to his brother's home, where he thinks he might find . . . something. But when he gets there, there's nothing. There's nothing anywhere for him and maybe not for anyone else, either. The novella is a cry of rage, anguish, and hopelessness, guaranteed to bring you down. It's blunt, compelling, and moving in a way that's hard to explain. You'll just have to experience it for yourself. You can read it quickly, but you'll remember it for a long time to come.

3 comments:

SlingWords aka Joan Reeves said...

a cry of rage, anguish, and hopelessness, guaranteed to bring you down

Oh, so this is a story about a writer's career?

Sorry, couldn't resist. Actually, your review makes this sound like a compelling story.

Bill Crider said...

Well, that's actually a part of it, and many writers can certainly identify with what happens in this one's career.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a light read, kind of like Danielle Steel perhaps?

Just kidding.

I've really like the two Piccirilli books I've read so far and will probably check this one out too.

Jeff