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Title:
I am young
ISBN:
9781683961390
Physical Description:
115 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
Contents:
"Joanie" -- "Greyfriar's Bobby" -- "Baby Fat" -- Varm Choklad -- "K.M. & R.P. & MCMLXXL (1971)" -- "Strange Magic" -- "Nana" -- "Alvin."
Summary:
This story is told in dual perspective by Miriam (a second-generation Iranian immigrant living in Edinburgh with her family) and George (a visitor from Wales). Their relationship throughout the decades mirrors the Beatles's. In the other stories in this book, thematically bound by relationship flux and the impact of culture, Dean experiments beautifully with style and storytelling devices in each piece.
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This story is told in dual perspective by Miriam (a second-generation Iranian immigrant living in Edinburgh with her family) and George (a visitor from Wales). Their relationship throughout the decades mirrors the Beatles's. In the other stories in this b


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Each story in this poignant debut plays on how music is interwoven with the deeply felt emotions of its young characters, each of whom are poised at tipping points in their lives. The book centers around George and Miriam, who met at a Beatles concert in 1964 and carried on an intense, intermittent, decades-long relationship. Dean's innovative page layouts and competing narrative perspectives between George and Miriam unfolds the complexity of their relationship and their desperate yearning for a singular, simpler time. George and Miriam are immersed in the popular music of their adolescence, while other era's characters wrap their identities around the aesthetics of the past. Moving between the U.S. and U.K., stories follow the likes of 1980s teen Alvin, obsessed with Chuck Berry because of his music as well as for what he represents historically and politically. Seventies teen Lisa's love of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album propels her through an acid trip at prom, with the colors mixing candy-colored psychedelia and more lurid dance-floor lights. Dean provides each teen with a precise voice while charging each narrative with a different visual approach and alternating rich colors and black-and-white. This stunning debut pulls off the rare feat of drawing about music with authenticity and charm. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.