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Home After Dark

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Home After Dark

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.

Home After Dark
by David Small

  • Publication Date: September 11, 2018
  • Genres: Fiction, Graphic Novel
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright
  • ISBN-10: 0871403153
  • ISBN-13: 9780871403155