The chalk artist: a novel

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
 
(0)
4 star
 
(2)
3 star
 
(0)
2 star
 
(0)
1 star
 
(0)
Publisher:
The Dial Press,
Pub. Date:
[2017]
Language:
English
Description
A tender affair and the redemptive power of art are at the core of this compelling novel from National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman, “a romantic realist who dazzles with wit [and] compassion” (The Wall Street Journal). Collin James is young, creative, and unhappy. A college dropout, he waits tables and spends his free time beautifying the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his medium of choice: chalk. Collin’s art captivates passersby with its vibrant colors and intricate lines—until the moment he wipes it all away. Nothing in Collin’s life is meant to last. Then he meets Nina. . . . The daughter of a tech mogul who is revolutionizing virtual reality, Nina Lazare is trying to give back as a high school teacher—but her students won’t listen to her. When Collin enters her world, he inspires her to think bigger. Nina wants to return the favor—even if it means losing him. Against this poignant backdrop, Allegra Goodman paints a tableau of students, neighbors, and colleagues: Diana, a teenage girl trying to make herself invisible; her twin brother, Aidan, who’s addicted to the games produced by Nina’s father; and Daphne, a viral-marketing trickster who unites them all, for better or worse. Wise, warm, and enchanting, The Chalk Artist is both a finely rendered portrait of modern love and a celebration of all the realms we inhabit: real and imagined, visual and virtual, seemingly independent yet hopelessly tangled.Praise for The Chalk Artist“The virtual world Goodman conjures is as feverishly vivid as it is mysterious and alluring. Not since I pushed my way through C. S. Lewis’s fusty mothballed wardrobe and stepped out into the frozen, pine-scented forests of Narnia can I remember being so effectively transported into a viscerally, sometimes terrifyingly plausible alternate universe. . . . This is a novel full of wit and spark. . . . Irresistible and arresting.”The New York Times Book Review“Enjoyably sharp dialogue and convincing portraits of multiple mindsets and terrains . . . One can’t help but marvel at how Goodman has captured the atmosphere of this virtual fantasy land so effectively in words.”—NPR “Mesmerizing depictions of virtual-reality landscapes of ‘Neverwhen’ and ‘Underworld’ make the games’ dangerous power over one of Nina’s students very real.”People“Goodman’s latest combines fantastical flourishes (an imagined video game called ‘Underworld’) and realistic Cambridge details . . . in a narrative about art and ambition.”The Boston Globe“Allegra Goodman creates suspense where you might least expect to find it.”The Atlantic
More Details
ISBN:
9781400069873
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID5b39b093-8f0e-bf59-df06-62986bc644ca
Grouping Titlechalk artist
Grouping Authorgoodman allegra
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-10-31 04:43:55AM
Last Indexed2019-11-15 04:44:27AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorGoodman, Allegra,
author_displayGoodman, Allegra
available_at_arlingtonCentral
Cherrydale
Shirlington
Westover
collection_arlingtonAdult Fiction
detailed_location_arlingtonCentral Adult Fiction
Cherrydale Adult Fiction
Shirlington Adult Fiction
Westover Adult Fiction
display_descriptionCollin James is young, creative, and unhappy. A college dropout, he waits tables and spends his free time beautifying the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his medium of choice: chalk. Collin's art captivates passersby with its vibrant colors and intricate lines--until the moment he wipes it all away. Nothing in Collin's life is meant to last. Then he meets Nina. . . . The daughter of a tech mogul who is revolutionizing virtual reality, Nina Lazare is trying to give back as a high school teacher--but her students won't listen to her. When Collin enters her world, he inspires her to think bigger. Nina wants to return the favor--even if it means losing him. Against this poignant backdrop, Allegra Goodman paints a tableau of students, neighbors, and colleagues: Diana, a teenage girl trying to make herself invisible; her twin brother, Aidan, who's addicted to the games produced by Nina's father; and Daphne, a viral-marketing trickster who unites them all, for better or worse.
format_arlingtonBook
format_category_arlingtonBooks
id5b39b093-8f0e-bf59-df06-62986bc644ca
isbn9781400069873
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b19634390.i21301232Cherrydale Adult FictionF GOODM1falsefalseOn ShelfOct 24, 2019haf
ils:.b19634390.i21301268Westover Adult FictionF GOODM1falsefalseOn ShelfJun 25, 2018waf
ils:.b19634390.i21301256Central Adult FictionF GOODM1falsefalseOn ShelfSep 28, 2019caf
ils:.b19634390.i21301244Shirlington Adult FictionF GOODM1falsefalseOn ShelfJun 08, 2019saf
itype_arlingtonHardback
last_indexed2019-11-15T09:44:27.108Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formFiction
literary_form_fullFiction
local_callnumber_arlingtonF GOODM
owning_library_arlingtonArlington Public Library
Aurora Hills
Central
Cherrydale
Columbia Pike
Connection Crystal City
Detention Center
Glencarlyn
Local History
Plaza
Shirlington
Westover
owning_location_arlingtonCentral
Cherrydale
Shirlington
Westover
primary_isbn9781400069873
publishDate2017
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b19634390BookBooksFirst edition.EnglishThe Dial Press, [2017]335 pages ; 25.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_arlington
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b19634390.i21301232On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b19634390.i21301268On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b19634390.i21301256On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b19634390.i21301244On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
subject_facetComputer games -- Social aspects -- Fiction
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction
Video games -- Social aspects -- Fiction
title_displayThe chalk artist : a novel
title_fullThe chalk artist : a novel / Allegra Goodman
title_shortThe chalk artist
title_suba novel