The basics: When a postal carrier falls in love with a raven and takes her to live with him, they're both surprised her baby turns out to be human, but still birdlike. The Raven Girl longs to be a raven, as she feels on the inside.
My thoughts: Audrey Niffenegger's graphic novels tend to include elements of magical realism, and Raven Girl is no different. I'm not a fan of fairy tales, per se, but those elements in Raven Girl worked well for me. Niffenegger quickly builds a world in which it makes perfect sense for a postal carrier to fall in love with a raven and build a life together. That sense of magic dissipates somewhat when Raven Girl grows up and goes to college. A darker magical realism emerges, and it wasn't as captivating for me. Niffenegger's drawings were stunning as always, but I wanted more of them. For a graphic novel, this one felt text-heavy.
The verdict: While Raven Girl didn't quite measure up to Niffenegger's earlier graphic novels, it is an enchanting tale and worth a read.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Length: 80 pages
Publication date: May 17, 2013
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