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Brutes

By Dizz Tate
Brutes by Dizz Tate digital book - Fable

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The Virgin Suicides meets The Florida Project in this wildly original debut—a coming-of-age story about the crucible of girlhood, from a writer of rare and startling talent

We would not be born out of sweetness, we were born out of rage, we felt it in our bones.

In Falls Landing, Florida—a place built of theme parks, swampy lakes, and scorched bougainvillea flowers—something sinister lurks in the deep. A gang of thirteen-year-old girls obsessively orbit around the local preacher's daughter, Sammy. She is mesmerizing, older, and in love with Eddie. But suddenly, Sammy goes missing. Where is she? Watching from a distance, they edge ever closer to discovering a dark secret about their fame-hungry town and the cruel cost of a ticket out. What they see will continue to haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Through a darkly beautiful and brutally compelling lens, Dizz Tate captures the violence, horrors, and manic joys of girlhood. Brutes is a novel about the seemingly unbreakable bonds in the "we" of young friendship, and the moment it is broken forever.

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“Loved the writing style and it is definitely a weird girl book but just something wasn’t clicking”
“This was a strange read for me. Although there were some great quotes and descriptive writing, the story was a bit too surreal for me. I did enjoy some of the individual character’s chapters and would’ve almost preferred the novel to be completely from one POV, but Brutes just wasn’t for me. I definitely had to look up some explanations and I understood almost of the messaging but it left me unsatisfied. I was initially pulled in by the mystery and the plural first person pov, but again the ending was a bit abrupt and left me with too many questions.”
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Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenUnpredictableBeautiful settingDark settingComing of ageUnsatisfying ending
Thinking Face“There were quite a few passages/sections I really really loved and certain parts were so relatable and heartbreaking. Some points I felt like I was struggling to keep up and I still have so many questions about the ending!! A fun read along with the club though.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writing

About Dizz Tate

DIZZ TATE grew up in Florida and lives in London, U.K. She has had short stories published in Granta, The Stinging Fly, Dazed, No Tokens Journal, Five Dials, 3:AM Magazine, among other publications. She was long-listed for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award in 2020 and won the Bristol Short Story Prize in 2019. Brutes is her first novel.

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