The Good Times Are Killing Me

The Good Times Are Killing Me

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by Lynda Barry
     
 

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Nationally syndicated cartoonist Lynda Barry's moving, quirky and honest first novel about a young girl's coming of age—which has also been a hit off-Broadway play—is back in print, with new artwork by the author. In The Good Times Are Killing Me, Lynda Barry reveals her masterful way with story, memory, and feelings, and anyone who lingers in Edna

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Nationally syndicated cartoonist Lynda Barry's moving, quirky and honest first novel about a young girl's coming of age—which has also been a hit off-Broadway play—is back in print, with new artwork by the author. In The Good Times Are Killing Me, Lynda Barry reveals her masterful way with story, memory, and feelings, and anyone who lingers in Edna Arkins's world will be the better for it.

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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:
9781570611056
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
131
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.26(d)
Lexile:
NC1250L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Meet the Author


Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher. She is the inimitable creator behind the seminal comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, and author of The Freddie Stories,One! Hundred! Demons!, The! Greatest! of! Marlys!, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel, Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies!, and The Good Times are Killing Me, which was adapted as an off-Broadway play and won the Washington State Governor's Award. Barry has written three bestselling and acclaimed creative how-to graphic novels for D+Q: the Eisner Award-winning What It Is, and Picture This, and Syllabus: Notes from an accidental professor.

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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.