PRICK: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist (Tightrope Books, 2011)
Meet twenty-one year old Anthony “Ant” Young: an artist, an asshole, an anti-hero. After fleeing a violent home life in Calgary, Ant moves to Victoria, BC, where he earns his tattooing apprenticeship under Hank the Tank, a founding member of the powerful Lucifer’s Choice motorcycle gang. Under Hank’s guidance, Ant learns the craft and business of tattoo, but he is also exposed to a vicious and frightening criminal underworld. Written in intense, rapid-fire bursts, PRICK explores themes of addiction, desire, and remorse. As Ant’s life spirals out of control, he struggles to hold on to the one thing he really cares about in this unforgettable, disturbing, and darkly funny tale.
The New Normal (Orca Book Publishers, 2013)
This Young Adult novel is narrated by sixteen year old misanthrope Tamar Robinson as she navigates through a series of tragic and absurd events. Her twin sisters recently died in a car crash and Tamar is losing her hair. Her mother has become obsessed with yoga; her father has turned to beer. While grappling with the devastation of her hair loss, Tamar is fired from her first job, lands a role in the spring play, is suspended from school, and robbed at gunpoint. Somehow, she manages to survive it all, with the support of her best friend, Roy.
Anatomy of a Girl Gang (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013)
A sharp and gritty novel told in six voices, Anatomy of a Girl Gang is the powerful story of a gang of teenage women in Vancouver called the Black Roses, a.k.a. “the city’s worst nightmare.” They are: Mac, the self-appointed leader and mastermind; Mercy, the Punjabi princess with a skill for theft; Kayos, a high-school dropout who gave birth to a daughter at age thirteen; Sly Girl, who fled her First Nations reserve for a better life, only to find depravity and addiction; and Z, a sixteen-year-old anti-establishment graffiti artist.
Cast out by mainstream society, the five girls lash out: they terrorize Vancouver with a raw, restless urgency, setting fire to the world around them to try to erase their painful pasts. As the Black Roses, they rob ATMs, cook crack on stoves, and savagely beat anyone who dares to harm them. Brutal and broken, they claw at the knot of darkness and violence that tightens around their lives.
Told in stark, vivid, and fearless prose, Anatomy of a Girl Gang is a narrative punch to the throat, a screaming, spray-painted portrait of urban gang culture. Ashley Little’s sophomore book is a brutal, unflinching story of lost girls struggling for power, voice, and hope.