Monday, November 18, 2013

book review: Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger

The backstory: After loving all three of Audrey Niffenegger's earlier graphic novels, The Adventuress, The Three Incestuous Sisters, and The Night Bookmobile, I was eager to read her latest, Raven Girl.

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
Source: library

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  1. Glad to hear that you recommend Niffenegger's graphic books. I haven't tried any of those.

    1. They are all great, but I recommend getting them from the library because they're all so short!

  2. Somehow I didn't even realize this was a graphic novel until I read your review! Good to know!


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