Jumat, 04 November 2016


Niffenegger, author of the two-plus-million-copy bestseller The Time Traveler's Wife, showcases her artistic talent in an oversized 'novel in pictures' she calls 'the book of my heart, a fourteen-year labor of love.' It's the strange and haunting story of three sisters who 'lived together in a lonely house by the sea, near the lighthouse, miles away from the city.' Blonde Bettine is the youngest and prettiest, redhead Clothilde is 'the most talented' and blue-haired Ophile, the eldest, is considered the smartest. When lightning kills the lighthouse keeper, his son, Paris, arrives to take his place; Paris and Bettine quickly fall in love and conceive a child. Jealous Ophile misbehaves badly; psychic Clothilde communes with the unborn baby, whom she names the Saint; and Bettine and Paris run away to the city, where tragedy strikes. Niffenegger's spare, full-page, sepia-toned aquatints ('an idiosyncratic, antique' medium) are evocative and Gorey-esque; they tell the story more than the minimalist prose does. And Niffenegger's afterword is illuminating, both about the process of making aquatints and about her productive methods of procrastination: The Time Traveler's Wife, she reveals, 'started its life as the project I played with when I should have been finishing Sisters.' (Sept.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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