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The Little Brother

A Novel

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August 9, 2016 | Paperback | ISBN 9781619027459
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"Victoria Patterson is a capable and canny writer, and she would have to be to take on the subject of her newest novel The Little Brother, and produce so arresting and haunting an experience..." —New York Times Book Review

Life is pretty sweet for Even Hyde. Despite his parents’ divorce in 2001, he’s doing just fine, having chosen to live with his richly successful father in Newport Beach, California. When not spending ‘bonding’ time with his partially absent father, he has his run of the house, where he more or less comes and goes as he pleases.

Even’s older brother Gabe continues to live in Cucamonga with their emotionally unstable mother. Though he feels discarded and left behind, Gabe visits Even and their father on the weekends.

Even doesn’t seem too worried about Gabe’s quick-to-ignite temper or his evolving addiction to skipping school and smoking weed.

But then Gabe commits a crime so unbelievably heinous that Even can’t forgive his own flesh and blood for it. In his personal recounting for The Little Brother, Even shares the events immediately following his brother and two of his friends savagely gang raping (while videotaping) an unconscious girl. When Gabe somehow ends up losing the video tape (which ends up in Even’s hand) it is up to Even to make the life-changing decision: does he do the right thing and turn his own brother in to the police or does family come first?

VICTORIA PATTERSON is the author of the novel The Peerless Four. She also wrote This Vacant Paradise, selected as an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book ReviewDrift, her collection of interlinked short stories, was a finalist for the California Book Award and the 2009 Story Prize. The San Francisco Chronicle selected Drift as one of the best books of 2009. Her work has appeared in various publications and journals, including the Los Angeles TimesAlaska Quarterly Review, and the Southern Review. She lives with her family in Southern California and teaches at the Antioch University’s Master of Fine Arts program and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Riverside.
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“Victoria Patterson is a capable and canny writer, and she would have to be to take on the subject of her newest novel The Little Brother, and produce so arresting and haunting an experience… Here Patterson stacks the decks against anyone’s chances at virtue or connection… But there’s also real love and loyalty, and these feelings become unbearable when the balance of good and bad, between Jekyll and the irrepressible Hyde, is upset at last…” —New York Times Book Review

“It is horrific, unapologetically honest, lacking easy answers, and the best thing I have ever read about what is popularly called Rape Culture on the wild and often irresponsible Internet. Victoria Patterson is a ridiculously under-sung, under-appreciated novelist… a ripping good summer read.” —Three Guys One Book

“Patterson’s (The Peerless Four, 2013) well-crafted novel explores a dilemma as old as time: Where is the moral ground when family loyalty and the law become opposing forces?…Patterson turns a gimlet eye on this age-old predicament and imbues it with gripping twenty-first century relevance.” —Booklist

“Those who gobble up social issues novels will enjoy.” —Kirkus

“In The Little Brother, Victoria Patterson focuses her unflinching eye on the dark heart of American male privilege. With empathy and dazzling skill, she illuminates an unspeakable crime and the depraved culture that made its reality not only possible, but inevitable. This is an important novel, both terrifying and redemptive, and another reminder that Victoria Patterson is one of our most fearless writers.” —Jim Gavin, author of Middle Men

The Little Brother takes on a real-life situation from the headlines, but Victoria Patterson etches it into fiction – the sad and scary kaleidoscope of family, loyalty and betrayal.” —Susan Straight, author of National Book Award Finalist Highwire Moon

“As with many a real-life disaster story, The Little Brother begins with just the slightest tug of something not-quite-right and in practically no time we find ourselves in a dangerous, stomach-churning conflict between decency, loyalty, truth, lies, the good life, and the not-so-good one. Patterson has chosen to tell her unsettling tale through Even, the brother of a man accused of rape, and the ordeal for his own flawed family and his brother’s victim turns out to be unfailingly horrifying, heartbreaking and, of all things, unexpectedly humane.” —Jim Krusoe, author of Parsifal

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