Renowned artist and writer David Small returns to Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at 7 PM to share his powerful new graphic novel, Home After Dark. "In Small’s haunting coming-of-age tale, 13-year-old Russell Pruitt grows like a determined weed in the wake of masculinity so toxic it has literally killed a menagerie of pets in the small California town where he lives with his troubled father . . . . With strikingly few words, Small tells Russell’s story in close-ups of bullies’ sneers and bird’s-eye views of parking lots. Cats, dogs, lions, and other animals haunt Russell’s waking life and his dreams, perhaps because he, too, fights tooth and claw to survive. In depicting the toll of the harsh environment surrounding these lost boys, Small unearths an (almost) impossible tenderness" (Publishers Weekly). It is a privilege for us to present a special evening with David Small. Please join us. Reservations are essential. Make yours by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.