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The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman

The Chalk Artist

  • Hardcover $27.00

    Jun 13, 2017 | 352 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    Jun 13, 2017 | 352 Pages

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“Enjoyably sharp dialogue and convincing portraits of multiple mindsets and terrains . . . One can’t help but marvel at how Goodman has captured the atmosphere of this virtual fantasy land so effectively in words.”—NPR
 
“Mesmerizing depictions of virtual-reality landscapes of ‘Neverwhen’ and ‘Underworld’ make the games’ dangerous power over one of Nina’s students very real.”People

“Allegra Goodman creates suspense where you might least expect to find it.”The Atlantic

“All the characters in The Chalk Artist are questers. An inexperienced English teacher yearns to inspire her students, an artist learns to embrace his talent and a gaming addict finds an unexpected connection to the non-virtual world. This deft novel is filled with the exquisite pleasures one expects from Allegra Goodman, richly layered and emotionally resonant. I absolutely devoured it.”—Geraldine Brooks, author of March and People of the Book

“What begins as a sparkling love story of an idealistic young teacher, Nina, and artist Collin, who works only in chalk, becomes a stunning, rich exploration of whether love, art, literature, and nature can compete with breathtaking virtual worlds.”—Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and The Summer Before the War

“Once again Allegra Goodman displays her extraordinary talent, range, and reach. Who else could write such a tender, soulful novel about love and speculative virtual realities?”—Lily King, author of Euphoria and Father of the Rain
 
“What do you do when ambition collides with love? Goodman answers this messy question with nuance in this heartfelt story about class.”Booklist 
 
“Richly textured . . . Goodman probes the meaning and place of art in contemporary culture in her intricate and empathic novel.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Goodman’s eighth novel takes place in two skillfully evoked worlds that are at war for the hearts and minds of young people: video games versus education. . . . . A very relevant love story with strong crossover possibilities.”Kirkus Reviews

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