Radiant Days

Radiant Days

by Elizabeth Hand

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She is a painter. He is a poet. Their art bridges time.

It is 1978. Merle is in her first year at the Corcoran School of Art, catapulted from her impoverished Appalachian upbringing into a sophisticated, dissipated art scene. It is also 1870. The teenage poet Arthur Rimbaud is on the verge of breaking through to the images and voice that will make his name. The meshed power of words and art thins the boundaries between the present and the past - and allows these two troubled, brilliant artists to enter each other's worlds. Radiant Days is a peerless follow- up to Elizabeth Hand's unforgettable, multiply starred Illyria.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101567043
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/12/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 828 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Hand (www.elizabethhand.com) is the award-winning author of many novels for adults, as well as a widely published reviewer. She lives in Lincolnville, Maine.

What People are Saying About This

Liz Burns

A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy I just want you to go read this.It is an amazing, awesome, scarily brilliant book. Scary because it is so flawless, so exciting, so magical. Scary because I’m not sure how to capture that magic and show it to you.

Colleen Mondor

Booklist While reading Radiant Days, it becomes clear that what elevates Hand's work above that of her peers and makes her one of the strongest writers for teens today is the gorgeousness of her language. Readers of her adult mysteries and sly fantasies will have learned to expect nothing less but for teens navigating a sea of interchangeable and forgettable paranormal titles, the images and emotions Hand conjures up will likely startle and shock. In the voice of Arthur she writes: "People want poetry to be a nursemaid. I want to be a murderer and a thief. Art should be... ugly, and hurt so you can feel it. That's what makes it powerful."

By showing Arthur Rimbaud as a modern day hero on par with the significance of Kurt Cobain, or Jack Kerouac before him, Hand shows that nothing is beyond her literary reach. Radiant Days is a most startling achievement.

From the Publisher

Booklist Introduces readers to Arthur Rimbaud, “the patron saint of young artists,” and his expansive sphere of influence in a way that will capture readers’ interest. Hand’s strong suit is conjuring up vivid images . . . Merle’s narrative is rendered in beautiful, frustrated, and disbelieving first person [and Rimbaud's] detailed, and evocative flight of fancy is a stirring tribute to a man and his art.

Deborah Hopkinson

BookPage Vibrant . . . Explores the meaning and making of art, and the intensity of being young.

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