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After the Fall: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Victoria Roberts

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Title:After the Fall: A Novel
Authors:Victoria Roberts
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2012), Edition: Ill, Hardcover, 192 pages
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This is one of my favorite graphic novels with a good plot and well drawn. ( )
  YesNoMaybe | Feb 24, 2014 |
Looks like a children's book that has been illustrated by a "New Yorker" cartoonist. Silly and fun read about a family who has lost it all but is living as the rich but outside in Central Park. ( )
  knitwit2 | Dec 31, 2012 |
This is a quirky story of one very unique New York family. The narrator is 10 year old Alan, and through him we learn about his 7 year old theater obsessed sister Sis, his chain smoking, socialite Mother and his eccentric inventor father, Pops. The family is doing well until some financiers back out on some of Pops' inventions and the family wakes up one morning to find that they, and their stuff, are all set up in Central Park because they are penniless. It's written like a children's book, and lavishly illustrated with New Yorker style drawings by the author (she's been a cartoonist at The New Yorker since 1988), but the story itself is rather more for adults than for children. It's a delightfully odd book that keeps you turning the pages trying to figure out just what is happening to this family. There's a touch of magic to the whole thing that will leave you with a smile on your face. I certainly did on mine. ( )
  JackieBlem | Nov 11, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393073556, Hardcover)

"This is a wonderful, forever book." —George Booth, cartoonist for The New Yorker

After the Fall introduces us to a brilliantly eccentric family from New York’s Upper East Side. Pops, a self-made millionaire, is a mad inventor who gleans his inspiration from popovers and Raquel Welsh. Mother is a fabulously dressed but mercurial socialite from Buenos Aires whose weapon of choice is a croquet mallet. Young Alan, our earnest and studious narrator, and his drama-queen little sister, Alex, love their parents but must turn to their good-natured housekeeper and cook for a better sense of reality.

One fateful day, Alan returns home to find that the family has gone bust, not even a penny to be found. The next morning, to the children’s surprise, the family wakes up in Central Park along with the entire contents of their penthouse arranged just as before—art, furniture, pugs, and all. Aided by their two loyal housekeepers and fed by the maitre d’ from their favorite restaurant, the family makes Central Park into a comfortable and creative home.

But soon the strains of life—and the weather, which is getting chilly—threaten to tear apart the parents’ marriage. As the holiday season approaches, the children rise to the challenge of bringing their family back together.

With more than two hundred drawings and featuring kimono-clad squirrels and a visit by a Yeti, this delicious tale is a love letter to family, creativity, and New York.

225 illustrations

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:32:34 -0400)

An eccentric Upper East Side family loses all their money and their penthouse and seeks refuge in Central park, in a picture book for grown-ups.

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