Still Life with Tornado
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Still Life with Tornado

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A heartbreaking and mindbending story of a talented teenage artist's awakening to the brokenness of her family from critically acclaimed award-winner A.S. King. Sixteen-year-old Sarah can't draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has "done the art." She thinks she's having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she wanders the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she's finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can't quite recall. After decades of staying together "for the kids" and building a family on a foundation of lies and domestic violence, Sarah's parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original--and yet it still hurts. Insightful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, this is a vivid portrait of abuse, survival, resurgence that will linger with readers long after the last page. "Read this book, whatever your age. You may find it's the exact shape and size of the hole in your heart."--The New York Times "Surreal and thought-provoking."--People Magazine ★ "A deeply moving, frank, and compassionate exploration of trauma and resilience, filled to the brim with incisive, grounded wisdom." --Booklist, starred review ★ "King writes with the confidence of a tightrope walker working without a net."--Publishers Weekly, starred review ★"[King] blurs reality, truth, violence, emotion, creativity, and art in a show of respect for YA readers."--Horn Book Magazine, starred review ★ "King's brilliance, artistry, and originality as an author shine through in this thought-provoking work. [...] An unforgettable experience." SLJ, starred reviewshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 295 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 30mm | 408g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1101994886
  • 9781101994887
  • 259,489

Review quote

"Fans ofPerks of Being a Wallflowerwill love this powerful new release from award-winning A.S. King." Buzzfeed Surreal and thought-provoking. People Magazine "King s brilliance, artistry, and originality as an author shine through in this thought-provoking work. [...] An unforgettable experience." SLJ, starred review A deeply moving, frank, and compassionate exploration of trauma and resilience, filled to the brim with incisive, grounded wisdom. Booklist, starred review The presentation of the surreal as real, the deeply thoughtful questions she poses, the way she empowers her teenage characters to change the trajectory of their lives King writes with the confidence of a tightrope walker working without a net. Publishers Weekly, starred review "Lack of original ideas is notsomething found in work by A.S. King, who blurs reality, truth, violence, emotion, creativity, and art in a show of respect for YA readers." Horn Book Magazine, starred review "Books about abusive families generally follow the problem-novel script of recognition, admission, and solution; in her inimitable style, King takes a totally different tack, exploring (through interpolated sections from Sarah s mother as well as Sarah s narration) the way abuse warps and gnarls a family over time into a thorny growth of anger and denial that becomes a daily norm, even for members who aren t direct victims....Readers won t have to live with abuse firsthand to recognize the taut, invisible coils of family dysfunction and the difficulty of gaining perspective on it, let alone breaking free." BCCB, starred review "King's ingeniously crafted, deeply engagingStill Life with Tornadowill have readers by the collar the whole time." Shelf Awareness, starred review "King understands and writes teen anxieties like no other, resulting in difficult, resonant, compelling characters and stories." Kirkus "A.S. King is known for crafting deeply sympathetic portraits of teenagers in crisis, andStill Life with Tornadois no exception." BookPage "A.S. King has always brought her unique touch to her YA novels, but she may have outdone even herself in Still Life with Tornado." Bustle "Though touched with magical realism, this is otherwise a wholly contemporary story about a girl who needs to come to terms with her family s toxic and painful history before she can start dreaming of the future." Bookish: "Fall 2016 s Unputdownable Contemporary Young Adult Books." APublishers WeeklyBest Book of 2016 Praise for Glory O Brien s History of the Future (2014) "Maybe there are writers more adept than King at capturing the outrageous and outraged voice of teenagers, but it s difficult to think of one. The New York Times Praise for Reality Boy (2013) Timely, incisive, compassionate. All of A.S. King s novels are must-reads. Matthew Quick, New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Silver Linings PlaybookandForgive Me, Leonard Peacock "show more

About A S King

A.S. King is the award-winning author of eight acclaimed YA novels. Her novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz earned a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor and Ask The Passengers won the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times called her "one of the best YA writers working today." King lives with her family in Pennsylvania, where she returned after living on a farm and teaching adult literacy in Ireland for more than a decade. www.as-king.comshow more

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3,715 ratings
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3 23% (871)
2 7% (252)
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