Long Chalkboard: and Other Stories

Long Chalkboard: and Other Stories

by Jennifer Allen, Jules Feiffer
     
 
Here are three delightful, bittersweet, especially-for-our-time adult stories of modern life as lived by men and women of a certain age: the baby boomer. Jenny Allen’s brilliant and witty narratives and Jules Feiffer’s playfully expressive drawings coax to the surface the hidden anxieties, familiar frustrations, and downright fury that we try to

Overview

Here are three delightful, bittersweet, especially-for-our-time adult stories of modern life as lived by men and women of a certain age: the baby boomer. Jenny Allen’s brilliant and witty narratives and Jules Feiffer’s playfully expressive drawings coax to the surface the hidden anxieties, familiar frustrations, and downright fury that we try to convince ourselves we don't really feel. The characters in these stories are reckoning with life’s little surprises. But what they don't expect sometimes turns out to be all right anyway: a little redemption bubbling up in the kitchen where “Judy’s Wonder Chili” is made. . . or hiding in the folds of an origami crane, waiting to be found by the children’s book writer in “Something Happened”. . . or revealing itself on the surface of the well-used chalkboard of the title tale.

In their humor, simplicity, and subtlety, these stories--brought to life perfectly through Feiffer’s drawings--speak to our deepest adult-yet-childlike selves. There’s not a grown-up among us who won’t be completely charmed.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
These three stories will interest socially savvy young adult readers young book-worms rather than hipsters and liberal-leaning adults who enjoy a wry laugh. The first story, which concerns a long chalk-board that gives almost magical creativity to those who use it, feels like a modern fairy tale. Instead of becoming queen, a woman becomes a great filmmaker. Instead of becoming a king, a boy gets into a prestigious university. The second, which concerns two competing children's authors who find they're better off in love, is a story New Yorkers will appreciate, with a strong vibe of Upper West Side anxiety. The third deals with a woman with a nearly magical ability to cook chili. Though Allen is listed as author, it's very much Feiffer's book: the pieces lack his bite, but they have his old charm and whimsy in spades. The art has a ballet-like quality; poise has replaced the attitude Feiffer had back when his name was synonymous with the Village Voice. The final story has a whiff of his old stance the fabulous chili maker is called on to make chili for a political cause, and it comes out awful. The chili cook becomes a cause c l bre, and T-shirts announce "chili shouldn't have an agenda." (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Journalist/comic Allen and husband Feiffer, of cartoonist fame, join forces in a graphic-novel trio that explores baby boomers in their twilight. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375424533
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/10/2006
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 6.53(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Allen is a journalist whose work has appeared in Esquire, New York, Child, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, and The New York Times. She produces and performs stand-up comedy in New York City.

Jules Feiffer’s Pulitzer Prize--winning comic strip ran for forty-two years in The Village Voice. He is also a playwright (Little Murders, Grown-Ups) and a screenwriter (Carnal Knowledge, Popeye). His children’s books include Bark, George, and A Room with a Zoo.

Jenny Allen and Jules Feiffer live in New York City with their two children.

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