Quirky, Funny & Dark New Novel satirises the absurd and bewildering ‘Jigsaw Puzzle’ that is Los Angeles.

Written with a sharp eye for the absurd, ‘Large is the Smallest We’ve Got’ throws an unlikely mix of people together after the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake. Their triumphs and disasters interconnect like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, with the last piece falling into place on the last page of the book. Brimming with humour, Jed Hamilton’s novel is ultimately life-affirming, while revealing some very dark aspects of human nature.

– When author Jed Hamilton asked for a small orange juice in a Los Angeles diner, the waitress’s response was the perfect metaphor for a city that does nothing by halves – “Large is the smallest we’ve got”. Having witnessed the peccadillos of the ‘city of angels’ first-hand, when he finally returned to the UK Hamilton put pen to paper and crafted an extremely funny, poignant and thought-provoking new novel.
Aptly titled ‘Large is the Smallest We’ve Got’, Hamilton’s book is as intricate and tumultuous as the city itself. Centred on an unlikely group of characters thrown together after the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake, five different journeys cross paths to create a universal story about the struggles between good and evil, fantasy and reality, despair and hope.

Prepare to meet an eclectic cast of characters who, while they appear to be worlds apart, all impact on each others’ chaotic, sometimes tragic, and often hilarious lives.

Madison and Tom – An aspiring actress who comes to Hollywood and achieves accidental fame after hitting the nightly news in her stars-and-stripes painted car. When she is signed-up on a cheap ghost-hunting TV show, she falls for an innocent Brit, Tom: a screen animator who has made his home in LA and finds himself drawn into a sleazy LA drugs scene, resulting in his terrifying descent into psychosis.

Scott, Chloe and Valeria – Scott is caught in a vicious love triangle. The course of his true love does not run at all smooth.

Billy – The son of the wrong girl in the love-triangle. A pawn in the game of chess played by Chloe and Valeria.

Tyler and Didier – In order to set up their sham mail-order religion, Tyler and Didier find it advantageous to lead Tom into temptation, and deliver him to evil.

Squid: Scott’s rescue-dog – A linchpin of the entire book, who runs in and out of each of the storylines: a metaphor for everyone on the Los Angeles streets who needs ‘rescuing’, he brings the novel to its climax.

“Don’t be fooled by the dog,” warns Hamilton. “This isn’t Disney! It’s a hard-hitting story, sub-titled ‘A Jigsaw Puzzle’ because by the end all the pieces fit together to make the big picture, with the last piece of the jigsaw falling into place on the last page of the book.”

Continuing, “The main theme is altruism versus selfishness, something everyone struggles with. There’s also a strong undercurrent of ‘rescue’: most of us are rescued at some point in our lives, although we may not realise it at the time.”

While the premise sees many different forces collide, Hamilton is keen to remind readers that the story is permeated with sharp, and frequently dark, wit.

“It is a dark comedy and at the same time a bitter/sweet love-story. It is not afraid to touch on sensitive topics and situations. And where else do you see male whores, suicide, a multi-million dollar religion, TV ghosts and a dog collide under the same cover?!”

‘Large is the Smallest We’ve Got’ is due for e-book release on April 20th, 2015, and will be available free on Amazon for the first five days of publication.

For more information and to view an ever-changing selection of the “jigsaw pieces” that comprise the book’s narrative, visit:

About the Author:

Jed Hamilton was born in New York City in 1963 to a Scottish mother and a Canadian father. The family immigrated to the UK in 1970. Jed took a degree in music, and then qualified as a lawyer in 1988. He moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and worked as a film composer, scoring 18 movies, for which he was nominated for ACE, Ivor Novello and Golden Globe awards.

After eleven years in the City of Angels, in 2003 he returned to London as a lawyer.

In 2005 he began writing a play, “Nurslings”, which stalled at the end of Act 1. In October 2012 he revisited the theme of the play and began to rework it as a novel – which he completed in the spring of 2015: “Large is the Smallest we’ve Got” draws on his LA years

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  1. James Rankin on April 14, 2015

    I read the book in one sitting and was transfixed. I thought that it was brilliantly written and superbly crafted. Jed Hamilton introduces the reader to a mesmerising cast of characters. A grip right up until the last page.