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Small Damages

by Beth Kephart

Small Damages
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2012, 304 pages
    Paperback:
    Jul 2013, 304 pages

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Tamara Smith

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A young woman discovers new relationships in vibrant Seville

I have never been to Spain. I have never stayed on a bull ranch just outside of Seville, where the heat beats down on the olive groves, and the smell of saffron permeates the thick atmosphere. I have never breathed in the air there, "which smells like fruit and sun and the color blue."

But after reading Small Damages I feel like I have.

A small disclaimer here: I am obsessed with landscape. I am deeply fascinated by the way place helps shape the people who live there; how the smells and sounds and tactile details of place can influence them; how the stories embedded in the dirt, inside the trunk of a tree, and settled at the bottom of a river can nurture them. In fiction, a vividly drawn landscape can ground the reader. It can help the reader rest comfortably inside the story because she knows – by way of her senses – where she is. Beth Kephart is a master at this. She ...

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A handful of other novels have been set in Seville, including The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson, Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, The Seville Communion by Arturo Peréz-Reverte, and The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder.

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