Big and Bad: A Novella

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Texas Review Press
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6.0 X 8.4 X 0.5 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

ANNA K. SCOTTI's poetry appears in The New Yorker, and her short stories are regulars in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. She has been awarded The Orlando Prize for short fiction, the Pocataligo Prize for poetry, and the Mark Fisher Prize for poetry.


"So utterly engrossing, so powerfully told is Big and Bad, Anna Scotti's recent young adult novel, that I read it in a single sitting. Her protagonists, Bear and Candy (one canine, one human), are true underdogs, doing their best to navigate an uncertain, frequently cruel world. Scotti has a gift for complexity; her characters are alive on the page, recognizably flawed and sympathetic at once. The book is also a page turner, deftly plotted and expertly paced. As if that wasn't achievement enough, Scotti has made Big and Bad a compassionate, searching inquiry into both a human's and a dog's need for home, belonging, and kindness."
--Ellen Bass
"Big and Bad is an achingly bittersweet and pure novella about the hurt and wonder, the pain and joy of life. I often read sections of this just before I started working each night, because I felt as though it made me a better writer. Anna Scotti writes fiction like the poet she is."
--Cynthia Kadohata