Author: Brian Selznick
Genre: historical fiction (if you count the early 90s as historical)
Similar books: Hold Fast by Blue Balliet
The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by E.L. Konigsburg
|So different, but so nice|
My opinion: It is fascination to me how with each of Selznick's books he uses full page illustrations as a storytelling element but they serve a different purpose in each book. In my opinion, this book is the most innovative of the three, especially with it's use of images which serve two purposes. The plot is strong and delicately written. The characters are realistic and likeable. While I'd have preferred a little more resolution in the ending what Selznick provides is largely satisfying. Without dabbling in spoilers, know that this book is a gentle exploration of the dissolution of the nuclear family in the late eighties and the damage done to kids by wealth, privilege, and Yuppie culture.
More information: The Marvels releases September 15.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.