If Morning Ever Comes (MP3 CD)
"Funny, serious, touching, zany, delightful, revealing...a triumph " --Harper's
Ben Joe Hawkes comes from a fairly large, blindly cheerful family that never seems to know when to get upset. Raised by women--a proud mother, an incorrigible grandmother, and a flock of busy sisters--Ben Joe has always been an outsider of sorts, and a chronic worrier.
Then a casual telephone conversation with his mom, in which he discovers that one of his sisters has left her husband and run off with her baby, propels him back home--and into the confusion of childhood memories and unforeseen love.
"Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place." --Newsday
"One of the most beguiling and mesmerizing writers in America." --Cleveland Plain Dealer
"To read a novel by Anne Tyler is to fall in love." --People
Okay folks, get ready for one of the MOST PERFECT GRAPHIC NOVELS EVER. This book felt like such a gift when I read it. Our main character Snapdragon stumbles into what she believes is the lair of the local evil witch-- turns out the local witch is a fantastically chill, cool, older lady named Jacks who ends up taking Snapdragon on as her apprentice. Together they discover friendship, learn amazing new kinds of magic, and uncover age-old love stories that may yet be fulfilled. The diverse representation in this book is SO stellar, and honestly this book brings me to joyful tears every time! Snapdragon is also a great example of the power of the graphic novel storytelling format--what a stunning piece of work!
(Graphic Novel, Ages 9+) - reviewed by Isabel