The Small Backs of Children, Lidia Yuknavitch

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*

The Small Backs of Children, Lidia Yuknavitch
Author: Lidia Yuknavitch
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 240
Format: ARC
ISBN-10: 0062383248
ISBN-13: 9780062383242
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover | Paperback
The Small Backs of Children

3 stars

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 film-maker 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.

I used the Goodreads synopsis partly which is weird because I am not sure if this is what I read. But honestly I do not think I would be able to make a readable synopsis myself.
First warning... this book is not for the faint hearted. There is sex. The willing but also the rape of small children. The descriptions are very visual and harsh. I am not so easily shocked but this book managed to do it.
Second warning... the writing style is very poetic. Parts are beautiful. This book is not a swimming pool summer read. It made me think about the most horrible things. This story needs your attention or you will get lost.
Which happened to me almost. I managed to pick up the greatest part of the story but am still questioning a lot of motives from the characters. The only one that made sense to me was the girl and even she was confused most of the time.
This is the feeling the book left me with in the end. Confusion. I cannot wait to read more views on this story and maybe it needs a re-read at some point though I am not sure if I want to revisit some parts of the story.
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