Book Review: Patricia Highsmith, The Small g

Highsmith’s last novel and aside from the murder that opens the story, quite different from her others. The Small g is really Jakob’s, an establishment frequented by regulars in the neighborhood and designated the small g in tourist guidebooks to let visitors know that while a lot of gay people might be there it’s not exclusively a Gay hangout. The novel examines the relationship between Rickie, beloved older man with his even more beloved dog Lulu and boyfriend of the aforementioned victim, and Luisa, recent transplant to the city from Zurich and living with an ogre of a woman who is apprenticing her and a few other girls in sewing. Rickie believes he is too old to change and Luisa is too young to realize her whole world is about to. While the plot is quite different from her usual, the book contains some classic Highsmith features such as intricate character development and exquisite writing. A must for Highsmith fans.


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