Little Cruelties

Little Cruelties

A Novel

Book - 2020
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A novel "that delves into the darkness visited upon a family of three working-class Irish brothers, exploring the ways in which families can wreak emotional damage across generations and doom men to give in to their own worst impulses in service to a culture that has abandoned them"--
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Simon and Schuster, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781501191312
Characteristics: 343 pages ;,24 cm.

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JulieQi Feb 24, 2021

The author has an unique style to tell a complicate story in an easy way. The plots rolling out in this family with three sons are compelling, but just like the quote at the very beginning of this book, " everyone has their reasons".

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lenahk2000
Jan 18, 2021

I like the author. But for me this book was not as exciting as the other books. It was just ok for me.

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PineSisken02
Dec 16, 2020

Wow, Liz Nugent has done it again. I wonder why one would enjoy a novel about unlikeable people - it’s her story telling, for one thing. If you don’t like unreliable characters behaving horribly yet humanly, then this is not the book for you. This book contains so much: drama, betrayal, addiction, madness, death. If any of those appeal to you then check out this unpredictable novel.

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carolefort
Dec 15, 2020

Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent paints a portrait of a dysfunctional family (with a capital D). The Drumm brothers of Dublin, Will, Brian and Luke have spent their childhood seeking love and approval from their mother, a selfish performer with a giant ego. This competition has driven a wedge between the brothers and they turn against each other, go out of their way to make the others miserable. This does not change when they become adults. The rivalry simply becomes more cruel. And this ends with two brothers attending the third brother’s funeral. Which one died and what caused his death? The narration is by each of the brothers, at different ages. This helps the reader get to know each one individually. This is dark family drama at its best: reading Little Cruelties is so fascinating that it is difficult to look away. Highly recommended to readers who enjoy family fiction with a helping of suspense. Thank you to Simon & Schuster, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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mamariccardi
Dec 11, 2020

Too angst ridden for my taste. Complex characters all totally unlikable.

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Ruger2020
Nov 21, 2020

This was a great read!! It had so many twists that I couldn’t put it down
And the ending?? OMG!!!
Hope you read and enjoy as much as I did.

JCLPiepieB Nov 05, 2020

This was an absolute train wreck of a book... and by that I mean this was such an insane, dysfunctional family. You won't be able to tear your eyes away! I'm a big fan of Liz Nugent!

debwalker Oct 13, 2020

When a habit of childhood cruelties spirals out of hand.....

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