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The Long Chalkboard: and Other Stories

by Jennifer Allen

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The book consists of three stories written by journalist and comedian Jenny Allen, and illustrated by her partner, Jules Feiffer, a longtime cartoonist whose style will also be familiar to readers of the kids' book, the Phantom Tollbooth, which he illustrated. The stories share the themes of twists of fate and of good things happening to people in spite of themselves; the overall tone is one of optimistic and affectionate misanthropy. Delightful. ( )
  bezoar44 | Jul 18, 2009 |
This is a fun illustrated book for adults. It's written in a charming, simple style which belies the depth of its themes. Okay, maybe they aren't all that deep, but they certainly have the ring of truth to them. The incomparable Jules Feiffer's drawings and Jenny Allen's bittersweet tales complement each other perfectly. ( )
  mkhall | Jun 24, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375424539, Hardcover)

Here are three delightful, bittersweet, especially-for-our-time adult stories of modern life as lived by men and women of a certain age: the baby boomer. Jenny Allen’s brilliant and witty narratives and Jules Feiffer’s playfully expressive drawings coax to the surface the hidden anxieties, familiar frustrations, and downright fury that we try to convince ourselves we don't really feel. The characters in these stories are reckoning with life’s little surprises. But what they don't expect sometimes turns out to be all right anyway: a little redemption bubbling up in the kitchen where “Judy’s Wonder Chili” is made. . . or hiding in the folds of an origami crane, waiting to be found by the children’s book writer in “Something Happened”. . . or revealing itself on the surface of the well-used chalkboard of the title tale.

In their humor, simplicity, and subtlety, these stories--brought to life perfectly through Feiffer’s drawings--speak to our deepest adult-yet-childlike selves. There’s not a grown-up among us who won’t be completely charmed.

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A trio of stories focuses on the complexities of modern life as experienced by the baby boomers, who have discovered that not everything turns out the way they had expected.

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