A haunting tale both of transcendence and the passion for books which features the evocative full-colour, pen-and-ink work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers.
Audrey Niffenegger is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her most recent novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, was published in 2009. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, has sold nearly five million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages to date. A Richard & Judy book club choice in the UK, it has been a huge bestseller all round the world. In the Daily Telegraph's readers' poll of the 'Top 50 Books of All Time' it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two 'novels-in-pictures', The Three Incestuous Sisters (2005) and The Adventuress (2006), both published by Cape.
Audrey Niffenegger crafts a dark and fantastical graphic novel about the way books (and other reading matter) shape and mark our lives. Illustrated with a fine hand, startlingly juxtaposed uses of text, and moody colors, this is the story of Alexandra, who stumbles upon a book-mobile while walking one night through the streets of Chicago. Entering the bookmobile, she realizes that it contains all the books that she's ever read, from Pat the Bunny to Women in Love. This discovery changes her life and suggests ways in which reading does so as well. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Novelist and visual artist Niffenegger brings the dark dreaminess that characterized her bestselling novels to her first full-length graphic novel. After a fight with her boyfriend one night, Alexandra goes for a walk and comes upon a bookmobile. When she goes inside to look at the books, she discovers that it's a library of her own reading history; every book she's ever read, including her diary, is on the shelf. As her life continues, she searches for the bookmobile, but years go by before she finds it again. Meanwhile she becomes a librarian and a loner, eventually deciding that she wants to work in the bookmobile, though the price for doing so is high. Niffenegger's full-color art has a naive tone, with sometimes stiff figures, and text written in childlike script. The simplicity of the images contrasts with sophisticated page layouts in which she plays with panels and perspective. The story was originally serialized in the Guardian, and in an afterword, Niffenegger reveals that the book is the first volume in a larger project. At heart this romantic, melancholy tale is a paean to reading and to the life one person lives through books. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.