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The Good Times Are Killing Me
     

The Good Times Are Killing Me

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by Lynda Barry
 

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In her first novel, a famed cartoonist tells the sensitive story of a young girl's coming of age in the 1960s. "Deft and deceptively simple . . . Ms. Barry has an impeccable ear, and this funny, intricate, and finally heartbreaking story exquisitely captures an American childhood".--The New York Times.

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In her first novel, a famed cartoonist tells the sensitive story of a young girl's coming of age in the 1960s. "Deft and deceptively simple . . . Ms. Barry has an impeccable ear, and this funny, intricate, and finally heartbreaking story exquisitely captures an American childhood".--The New York Times.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Edna Arkins, the young white narrator of this first novel, describes her coming of age in a racially mixed neighborhood and her friendship with Bonna Willis, a black girl. Their camaraderie is against ``the rules'' imposed by others but survives anyway. The novel, written as a series of vignettes, evokes memories of adolescence that many will probably share: the loneliness, the dares, the music lessons, the threats. The reader also catches a glimpse of Edna's family with all their idiosyncrasies. Her cousin Steve, for example, always repeats a particular menacing phrase every time he is alone with her and, as Edna says, ``probably always will . . . even when we are both as old and shriveled up as two ancient pieces of gum stuck under a chair.'' Barry conveys the anguish and confusion of youth discovering that society is riddled with prejudice, and her light touch is balanced by respect for her characters and their problems. The book also includes 18 richly colored illustrations by the author, a syndicated cartoonist. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780941104227
Publisher:
Real Comet Press, The
Publication date:
10/01/1988
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
120

Meet the Author

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher and found they are very much alike. She is the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art and Discovery Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is also an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Creativity in their Image Lab.

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Good Times Are Killing Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently completed a run of the show as Bonna and the response to the story of these two girls was unbelievable.The Story is sweet and to the point.It's told with an understanding innocence and it tugs at your heart strings as you are whisked away to Bonna and Edna's world. You are invited to experience there joy and suffering. The book is short but it is a must read at the message will go with you thoughout your life. 'Love each other'
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was touching, sweet, painful and funny. I enjoyed this book immensely. It's told from the perspective of 11 or so, year old Edna. It's a glimpse into her world--mostly her relationship with her best friend Bonna. It's a book about race relations and relationships in general. I simply loved it and want to read more stories by Lynda Barry.