Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel by Heather McElhatton

By Heather McElhatton

There are enormous quantities of lives sown within lovely Little blunders, Heather McElhatton's singularly astonishing, breathtakingly distinctive novel that has greater than one hundred fifty attainable endings. you could prove in a luxurious mansion or homeless down by means of the river; fortunately married along with your personal company or by myself and pecked to dying through geese in London; a Zen grasp in Japan or morbidly overweight in a trailer park. Is it future or determination that controls our destiny? you cannot swap your previous and begin over from scratch in genuine life—but in beautiful Little blunders, you could! yet be warned, select correctly.

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Alouette invites you to stay at her apartment, which is cozy and warm—and honestly it’s the first time you’ve felt at home since you got there—but you’re not sure you should. Maybe you ought to be out there running around seeing the world? She tells you the Eurostar line has trains running to Paris almost every hour, but she gives you a word of warning. ” If you go to Paris, go to section #26 (page 42). If you stay at Alouette’s, go to section #27 (page 45). P R E T T Y L I T T L E MIS TA K E S | | 19 14 From section 7 .

You’re not ready to show your work. It’s unformed, sticky, not fully baked, but what’s to be expected? It’s art school—everyone’s work sucks. Everyone but one student—Toru Nishigaki. He’s a Japanese exchange student with a tiny withered arm like a broken bird wing and a melty deformed face, as though he stood too close to a fire. His work is fantastic. It’s convicted, blunt, moderate, and serene. He creates extra-large canvases, like twenty-by-twenty-foot-tall paintings with blocks of color that look like scratched vanilla and burnt lace mixed with cream.

Wadded up paper towel is good enough for me,” Marta grunts. You tell them about your artwork and how you were never understood and how everybody treated you like a second-class citizen. They all nod and agree and say people just don’t understand—they make snap judgments without knowing you—without knowing the whole story. Maybe it’s the beer or the hot-dish—but by the end of the night you’re pretty much in love with all these red-faced heavyset Norwegian women, who all have hard lives, every one, and who never—not one of them—consider themselves or you a second-class citizen.

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