Doubleback Books announces the release of Jamie Moore’s Our Small Faces. With its generous focus on characterization, Moore’s novella charts the intertwined stories of self-discovery and self-preservation.
Selma and Zeke are two teenagers living in small-town California. Feeling trapped by their community, the persistence of racism and responsibility to family define their imagined possibilities. Navigating friendship and loss, they consider who or what their way out is and what they may sacrifice with those choices. Our Small Faces explores how young people learn the limits of love, lead foolishly with heart, and often grow up too fast.
The novella is a lyrical, heartbreaking trip back to the moment childhood ends for all of us, when we leave our families and neighborhoods and begin to venture out in the wider world. In its pages, Selma and Zeke learn that inevitably, “we all become someone different with time.” And when the protections of childhood dissolve, they discover that all along they’ve been living in a world of casual hatred, of cruelty, and loss, and longing.
Download your copy of Our Small Faces for free on the Doubleback Books website.
Jamie Moore is a writer and professor in California. She received her MFA in fiction and is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. She is an alumna of the VONA writers and Mendocino Coast writers workshops. She can be found on social platforms at @mixedreader