Ann Tenna

Ann Tenna

by Marisa Acocella Marchetto


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From the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist and acclaimed author of Cancer Vixen, a brilliant, funny, and wildly imaginative first novel: the story of an influential gossip columnist brought face-to-face with her higher self—and a challenge to change her life for the better.

Glamorous, superconnected Ann Tenna is the founder of Eyemauler, a New York City-based Web site that’s always the first to dish the most up-to-the-minute dirt on celebrities and ordinary folks alike. Ann has ascended to the zenith of the New York media scene, attended by groups of grovelers all too willing to be trampled on by her six-inch Giuseppe Zanottis if it means better seats at the table.

But as high as her success has taken her, Ann has actually fallen far—very far—from her true self. It takes a near-fatal freak accident on her birthday—April Fool’s Day—and an intervention from her cosmic double in a realm beyond our own to make Ann realize the full cost of the humanity she has lost.

Told with laugh-out-loud humor, spot-on dialogue (including via cameo appearances from Coco Chanel, Gianni Versace, and Jimi Hendrix, to name just a few), and stunning, full-color artwork, Ann Tenna is a timely, necessary tale for our overly “media-cated” times: the newest, much-anticipated adventure from a supremely gifted artist at the height of her powers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307267474
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 821,349
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marisa Acocella Marchetto is a cartoonist for The New Yorker whose work has appeared in The New York Times; Glamour; and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. She is also the author of the graphic memoir Cancer Vixen, named one of Time’s top ten graphic memoirs, and a finalist for the National Cartoonists Society Graphic Novel of the Year. A founder and chair of the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai, she lives in New York City.

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tepidautumn More than 1 year ago
Ann Tenna has a lot going for her. She’s the founder, chief editor, and head columnist of Eyemauler, a gossip website based in New York City. Her fiancé Zim is the celebrity photographer for Eyemauler too. (What a match made in Heaven.) She has a loyal personal driver and a slave of an assistant. She’s famous and glamorous; a-listed and activist; powerful and venerated. She’s all-seeing, superconnected. Or so she thought until the fatal car accident that put her in a coma and caused her to travel to the otherworld and meet with her other half self—SuperAnn. SuperAnn, the enlightened, enhanced version of Ann, disillusions her illusions about being superconnected: “Ann Tenna, are you so superdisconnected from who you truly are you wouldn’t even know it if you were face-to-face with your own face?” SuperAnn encourages—no urges—Ann to complete her unfinished business on earth so that she can finally stop reincarnating and making the same mistakes life after life and merge with her higher being and become her true self at last—awakened, enlightened, connected with the universe. Ann Tenna is a graphic novel that really hits home for me. Besides having created a very captivating, moving, hilarious story, Marisa Marchetto explores the themes of law of attraction and high vibrations (like attracts like, so if you’re vibrating a low kind of energy, you’re likely to come across negative people and attract unpleasant situations to yourself); interconnectedness with the universe (we’re all as one attached to each other through invisible cords); the gift of intuition (the gut-feeling is never wrong, trust me on that one); compassion and love (ask for forgiveness and forgive, know to love and accept yourself truly first before you can love and accept others fully); self-discovery and self-growth (we all have talents that we’re meant to put forth in the world and we must continuously evolve to keep the energy flowing positively, productively). Basically, everything that I truly believe in and strive for; it’s as if Ann Tenna was made for me. Like Ann, I—and probably many others—constantly struggle between ‘social-mediacation’ and ‘self-authentication.’ It’s a journey that is constant with impasses and regressions, but there is definite progress when you’re self-aware. And Marisa perfectly depicts that in Ann Tenna.