Raven Girl

Raven Girl

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Audrey Niffenegger

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  • Publisher: Abrams Comicarts
  • Format: Hardback | 71 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 231mm x 18mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 7 May 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1419707264
  • ISBN 13: 9781419707261
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 72,166

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Once there was a Postman who fell in love with a Raven. So begins the tale of a postman who encounters a fledgling raven while on the edge of his route and decides to bring her home. The unlikely couple falls in love and conceives a child--an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body. The raven girl feels imprisoned by her arms and legs and covets wings and the ability to fly. Betwixt and between, she reluctantly grows into a young woman, until one day she meets an unorthodox doctor who is willing to change her. One of the world's most beloved storytellers has crafted a dark fairy tale full of wonderment and longing. Complete with Audrey Niffenegger's bewitching etchings and paintings, "Raven Girl" explores the bounds of transformation and possibility. Praise for" Raven Girl" "With her signature wit, wry melancholy, and keen gothic sensibility, Niffenegger weds the fabulous with the deeply human in this concentrated, suspenseful fable. . . ." ---"Booklist, Starred Review " "The book is a colorist's dream that hauntingly captures the world of birds and humans and, as the title suggests, a creature that is somewhere in between." - The Chicago Sun-Times "Niffenegger ("The Night Bookmobile") blends art and prose in this eerie picture book for adults." --"Publishers Weekly" "Raven Girl is a delight to hold and take in. Lovers of fairy tales and some graphic novel fans should find much to love here." --"School Library Journal "online "A haunting grown-up fairy tale" - Variety Magazine "Provocative and beautiful." --"ForeWord Reviews " "A runaway hit? This one's going to fly." "--"DailyCandy "It's a lovely story." --"Chicago Reader" ""Raven Girl "is an insidious intermingling of words and pictures to be treasured."--Tor.com

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Audrey Niffenegger is the author of the international bestsellers "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "Her Fearful Symmetry," as well as a fine artist who has published three illustrated books with Abrams: "The Three Incestuous Sisters," "The Adventuress," and "The Night Bookmobile." She lives in Chicago and London.

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By Marianne Vincent 18 Sep 2014 4

Raven Girl is the 4th graphic novel by American artist and author, Audrey Niffenegger. It was written/drawn as the beginning point for a new dance for the Royal Ballet in London. The story starts with a Postman who falls in love with a Raven. They have a child, the Raven Girl who wants to fly but cannot, until she encounters a man who can make it happen. This is a fairy tale with plenty of traditional elements (unusual unions, talking cats, a Prince, a happily-ever-after ending) but also some modern elements (nightmares about email, a plastic surgeon, a university education, literal empty-nesters and a laboratory). There is more text and less illustration than in Niffenegger's earlier work, The Night Bookmobile, and the illustrations are perhaps of a lesser quality, but this is, nonetheless, an enchanting tale.