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Raven Girl


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An illustrated novella by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry

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Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and writer who lives mostly in Chicago and occasionally in London. She has published six books, including the novels The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry. She helped to found the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Her art has been exhibited by Printworks Gallery in Chicago since 1986. She is a Professor in the Fiction Department of Columbia College. Her recent projects include a ballet, Raven Girl, in collaboration with Wayne McGregor for the Royal Opera House Ballet.


"darkly beautiful modern fairytale." * Metropolitain (Eurostar) *
"Moves at an exhilarating pace." -- Tom Gatti * The Times *
"Aesthetically, the book is a work of art... Striking and unforgettable." * Nudge *
"Like all good fairy tales, Raven Girl is really quite disturbing as well as romantic and touching." -- Sally Williams * Daily Telegraph *

Niffenegger (The Night Bookmobile) blends art and prose in this eerie picture book for adults. The modern world takes on a fairy-tale cast as a postman falls in love with a raven; their daughter, stuck in a human body but able to speak only in the raven language, yearns to fly. As a college student, the raven girl learns of the possibility that she may surgically be given wings, thus transforming her body to better reflect her true nature. The tale takes a dark turn when a boy who harbors an unhealthy obsession for the raven girl-believing himself to be saving her-commits a murder. Niffenegger's images are not as polished as her prose; her humans have a slightly cartoonish feel, but her ravens are beautifully detailed, with feathers that seem as though they could fly off the page. The muted color choices suit the surreal tone of the novella. The unsettling nature of the tale is reminiscent of Swan Lake, and it is fitting that this story will also be debuting as a London Royal Ballet performance. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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