Still Life with Tornado

Author(s): A.S. King
Original Publish Date: Oct 11, 2016
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.93 hours)
Product Number: Z100114965
Released: Oct 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780735287549
Narrator/s: Karissa Vacker
Publisher: Listening Library
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A heartbreaking and mindbending story of a talented teenage artist's awakening to the brokenness of her family from acclaimed Printz 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 review

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Author(s): A.S. King
Product Number EB00635247
Released: Oct 11, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781101994894

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"Karissa Vacker's tones are subdued as she narrates the first-person story of 16-year-old Sarah. Her muted performance matches the heroine's depressed affect. But there lurks in Vacker's restraint an edge that hints at Sarah's emotional tornadoes. Sarah, always renewed by art, suddenly finds that she can't draw. She wanders Philadelphia seeking originality. And she finds it in discovering versions of herself at different ages. The skills of author and narrator make a seamless transition into magical realism. Vacker's volume rises in chilling bursts when Sarah returns home and confronts her father's abuse and the cruelties that have taken place in school. Listeners will cheer for this resilient heroine and welcome the peace she finds at last. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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