by Rebecca Watson - £12.90 Faber & Faber (2021)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780571356584 | ISBN 10: 0571356583
*** Observer 10 Best Debut Novelists of 2021 ***
little scratch tells the story of a day in the life of an unnamed woman, living in a lower-case world of demarcated fridge shelves and office politics; clock-watching and WhatsApp notifications.
In a voice that is fiercely wry, touchingly delicate and increasingly neurotic, the protagonist relays what it takes to get through the quotidian detail of that single trajectory - from morning to night - while processing recent sexual violence. little scratch is about the coexistence of monotony with our waking, intelligent lives.
It is a powerful evocation of how the external and internal aspects of our lives exist in a helix, and what it means to live out the course of a single day consumed by trauma.
(Price & availability last checked: April 2021)