It’s been a fantastic review week for Per Aspera books. Hot on the heels of the Publishers Weekly starred review for Our Lady of the Islands, we got word that none other than the New York Times Sunday Book Review was including our very own Being Small by Chaz Brenchley in a review of creepy fiction.
“Horror works best when it’s about things that are actually worth being afraid of. English writer Chaz Brenchley, who tells a bizarre coming-of-age story in his lovely short novel BEING SMALL, knows how to give some heft and gravity to the anxieties of everyday life…
Brenchley’s tone is quiet, contemplative — but it’s intensely dramatic, in the way adolescent problems tend to be, in teenagers’ inward eyes. ‘It might be war,’ Michael announces, ‘where only the strong survive.’ Brenchley makes this tooth-and-claw battle thrilling.”
– Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times, 10/24/14