The Animators

A Novel
Product Number: EB00669063
Released: Jan 31, 2017
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780812989298
Publisher: Random House
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"A wildly original novel that pulses with heart and truth...?hat this powerful exploration of friendship, desire, ambition, and secrets manages to be ebullient, gripping, heartbreaking, and deeply deeply funny is a testament to Kayla Rae Whitaker's formidable gifts. I was so sorry to reach the final page. Sharon and Mel will stay with me for a very long time."-Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest ONE OF THE BEST DEBUT NOVELS OF THE YEAR-Entertainment Weekly ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR-NPR, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage She was the first person to see me as I had always wanted to be seen. It was enough to indebt me to her forever. In the male-dominated field of animation, Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses are a dynamic duo, the friction of their differences driving them: Sharon, quietly ambitious but self-doubting; Mel, brash and unapologetic, always the life of the party. Best friends and artistic partners since the first week of college, where they bonded over their working-class roots and obvious talent, they spent their twenties ensconced in a gritty Brooklyn studio. Working, drinking, laughing. Drawing: Mel, to understand her tumultuous past, and Sharon, to lose herself altogether. Now, after a decade of striving, the two are finally celebrating the release of their first full-length feature, which transforms Mel's difficult childhood into a provocative and visually daring work of art. The toast of the indie film scene, they stand at the cusp of making it big. But with their success come doubt and destruction, cracks in their relationship threatening the delicate balance of their partnership. Sharon begins to feel expendable, suspecting that the ever-more raucous Mel is the real artist. During a trip to Sharon's home state of Kentucky, the only other partner she has ever truly known-her troubled, charismatic childhood best friend, Teddy-reenters her life, and long-buried resentments rise to the surface, hastening a reckoning no one sees coming. A funny, heartbreaking novel of friendship, art, and trauma, The Animators is about the secrets we keep and the burdens we shed on the road to adulthood. "Suffused with humor, tragedy and deep insights about art and friendship."-People "[A] stunning debut."-Variety "A compulsively readable portrait of women as incandescent artists and intimate collaborators."-Elle

Author(s): Kayla Rae Whitaker
Original Publish Date: Jan 31, 2017

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Author(s): Kayla Rae Whitaker
Narrator(s): Alex McKenna
Product Number Z100117107
Released: Jan 31, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9781524709105

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