1. THE SMALL BACKS OF CHILDREN book trailer

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    Coming July 7 from Harper. A masterful literary talent explores the treacherous, often violent borders between war and sex, love and art. With the flash of a camera, one girl’s life is shattered, and a host of others altered forever. . . In a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, an American photographer captures a heart-stopping image: a young girl flying toward the lens, fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. The image wins acclaim and prizes, becoming an icon for millions—and a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer’s best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own. As the writer plunges into a suicidal depression, her filmmaker husband enlists several friends, including a fearless bisexual poet and an ingenuous performance artist, to save her by rescuing the unknown girl and bringing her to the United States. And yet, as their plot unfolds, everything we know about the story comes into question: What does the writer really want? Who is controlling the action? And what will happen when these two worlds—east and west, real and virtual—collide? A fierce, provocative, and deeply affecting novel of both ideas and action that blends the tight construction of Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending with the emotional power of Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Small Backs of Children is a major step forward from one of our most avidly watched writers.

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    • DIME NOVEL SNIPPETS: Pigeons come home to roost

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      Latest in a series of stress-relieving videos about dayjob.

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      • DIME NOVEL SNIPPETS: Self Exile

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        My "novel snippets" are short, existential bits that seem to be happening in the middle of a scene in a novel. That is the way they form in my brain. I have no other explanation.

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        • DIME NOVEL SNIPPETS: Rebellion

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          My "novel snippets" are short, existential bits that seem to be happening in the middle of a scene. That is the way they form in my brain. I have no other explanation.

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          • Paul Auster | Notes From The Interior | Album

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            Slideshow with voice over.

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            • DIME NOVEL SNIPPETS: Her Father

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              My "novel snippets" are short, existential bits that seem to be happening in the middle of a scene. That is the way they form in my brain. I have no other explanation.

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              • DIME NOVEL SNIPPETS: Leaving Dayjob

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                Dayjobbing. Quite the adventure: telephone operator, good cocktail waitress, terrible food waitress, busboy, receptionist, bookkeeper, videographer, actor for film students, extra, paralegal, paralegal, paralegal. My "novel snippets" are short, existential bits that seem to be happening in the middle of a scene. That is the way they form in my brain. I have no other explanation.

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                • DIME NOVEL SNIPPETS: Pigeons

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                  You have to have a sense of humor - especially if you suspect that you are the butt of jokes

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                  • Dime Novel Snippets: Revenge

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                    There will likely be a speaking version using this same theme - revenge. I began with the intention of adding a voiceover of the text that is at the end of this post; but the silent actions of our heroine in this first cinematically shot "Dime Novel Snippet" speak for themselves and need no explanation from the literary side of my brain. Anybody who has had a morning class they really hate or an interview or audition that they are dreading, or day job burnout could tell this lady's story. Thanks for watching. " ... and it was not revenge she wanted. No. That was not her way - she always looked forward and revenge is about the past. Besides, revenge would reinvolve her in interaction with them, the ones for which she now had such contempt. It was unfortunate, given her compassionate nature. Her contempt was so great that it overshadowed any empathy she might have had for them. They, who had always lived in such exclusivity, envied an outsider like her possessing anything, humble as it was, that they could not. ..."

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                    • Sylvia Toy - Dime Novel Snippets 1

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                      Cold and flu season at my house. So, I'm grateful for any art-related activity that doesn't put me back into bed with fever. I'm also grateful for my writer friend Jennifer, who inspired me to do something with my writings that seem to be part of a novel. They are not. I was a terrible novelist - trust me. But give me a script to do a reading and sometimes I'm amazing. My "novel snippets" are short, existential bits that seem to be happening in the middle of a scene. That is the way they form in my brain. I have no other explanation. This is a rehearsal and exploration of the text, and exploration of who is the speaker in this monologue and what is her premise. Once this starts forming in my head as a movie (i.e., angles, scenes etc.) I will shoot it for real and upload it to YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/SylviaToyStLouis). Thanks for watching.

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