Small Deaths Summary
by Charles de Lint

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Small Deaths Summary

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Bob explains that "small deaths" are "those pivotal moments in a person's life that change it forever; a love affair gone wrong, not getting into the right post-graduate program, stealing a car on a dare and getting caught, that kind of thing. They're the moments that some people brood on forever; right now they could have the most successful marriage or career, but they can't stop thinking about the past, about what might have happened if things had gone differently." In "Small Deaths," nighttime disk jockey Zoe Brill meets Gordon Wolfe, "a serial killer of people's hopes," who says, "I'm the bringer of small deaths." In a story in which healing triumphs over evil, Zoe Brill has a dramatic confrontation with fear.