Raven Girl

Raven Girl

Graphic Novel - 2013
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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
Publisher: New York : Abrams ComicArts, c2013.
ISBN: 9781419707261
Branch Call Number: FIC NIFFENE
Characteristics: 71 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.


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A beautiful and dark fairytale about a girl who grows up half raven and half human. Unhappy with her circumstances, she searches for a way to transform and fly the way she has always dreamed.

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ChristchurchLib Jun 27, 2016

Hatched from an egg, the half-human, half-raven heroine of this illustrated novel looks like an ordinary young woman, yet speaks the language of birds. Though she has no wings, she yearns to fly, a dream that may be possible through experimental surgery. However, not everyone in her life is in favor of such a drastic transformation, which sets in motion a series of tragic events. Reminiscent of Swan Lake in both storyline and overall tone, The Raven Girl appropriately began life as collaboration with London’s Royal Ballet.

Cynthia_N Feb 21, 2015

A very weird and wonderful story! Super quick read and highly recommended!

Jul 12, 2014

Rather enjoyed this darkly feathered fairy tale. ;-)

Nov 29, 2013

dark and bittersweet, niffenegger's graphic stories are the perfect example of pictures and words needing each other. i would not have believed the ending if i hadn't seen her shoulders.


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Aug 20, 2013

leah_p thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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