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A Map of Everything (Paperback)


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By Christa Donner (Illustrator), Elizabeth Earley



"Inventive, searingly honest, gorgeously written, this book will both break and heal your heart." - Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds

Anne's sister, a bright and lovely teenager, sustains a traumatic brain injury after a near-fatal car accident. As a result, Anne and her siblings and parents are thrown into a decades-long struggle for belonging, deliverance and redemption - with surprising results. A Map of Everything intimately explores the fragile nature of family dynamics, revealing what is salvaged, what is lost, and what is gained after a tragedy hits home.

"Elizabeth Earley's A MAP OF EVERYTHING is one of the most structurally inventive and emotionally remarkable books I've come across in quite a while. So many writers traffic in the sensationalism of event, while Earley wisely knows that this is only the start of the trouble-and that our hearts truly beat and bleed in the repercussions of events. It's a book that reminds us who we are to each other and to ourselves, and it has a resilient beauty, and a confident and true voice rare in any novel, let alone a debut." -Rob Roberge, author of The Cost of Living

"The writing in A MAP OF EVERYTHING is beautiful. Never shying away from the difficult, and embracing the big emotions, Earley has given us a strong, graceful and finely-etched novel." -Leonard Chang, author of Crossings

"Inventive, searingly honest, gorgeously written, this book will both break and heal your heart. With A MAP OF EVERYTHING, Elizabeth Earley charts her own fresh and dazzling territory." -Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds and Self Storage

"In A MAP OF EVERYTHING, Elizabeth Earley has the eyesight to notice what we trample underfoot, the instinctual intelligence to know why we do the things we do, the heart to rise above obliterating darkness, and - from somewhere - the ability to write like a witch." -Peter Nichols, author of Voyage to the North Star, nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award

"An exploration of love and tragedy, what we owe to others and what we owe to ourselves, A MAP OF EVERYTHING is eloquent, moody and strangely poetic. -Michelle Tea, co-founder of Sister Spit, author of The Chelsea Whistle and Valencia

"In a little over 300 pages, A MAP OF EVERYTHING somehow manages to be a novel about everything: surviving tragedy, love, despair, complex family relationships, identity, how to be a good person, how to live in a world full of contradictions and dangers that are as much internal as external. This is a remarkable debut novel. Read it and weep - with both joy and sadness." -Christine Sneed, author of Little Known Facts and Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry

"A MAP OF EVERYTHING is a tender story of personal transformation, addiction, loss and memory. Elizabeth Earley is a welcome new voice to literature." -Ali Liebegott author of The IHOP Papers and Cha-Ching

"Elizabeth Earley's remarkable debut novel, A Map of Everything, deftly follows a family through the complicated trajectory of their lives after one devastating moment on a rain-soaked street.... Earley's rich weaving of time, science, place, point of view, and plot is created with language and form that is surprising and stunning."- Patricia Ann McNair, author of The Temple of Air

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHORElizabeth Earley won the David Friedman Memorial Prize, and has been a finalist for the AWP New Journals Award (twice), the 2011 Able Muse Write Prize for Fiction, and the Bakeless Literary Prize for Fiction. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Fiction from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her stories and essays have appeared in many publications including Time Out, The Chicago Reader, Outside Magazine, and Hayden's Ferry Review, and elsewhere. A novel excerpt, "Backbone," won an Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train March 2013 Fiction Open contest. ABOUT THE ARTIST Christa Donner launched her first solo exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art in 1999 as the first recipient of the Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Award. She has since been actively exhibiting, publishing, teaching and curating, using large-scale drawings and small-press publications to explore issues around the human body and other biological forms. Her process often incorporates public projects and collaborations around personal narratives of bodily experience. Christa's work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Colombia, Cyprus, Sweden, Finland, and throughout the United States. Now based in Chicago, Christa teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and harbors a healthy obsession for independent comics and other small-press publications. In 2013 she founded Cultural ReProducers, an online resource and community-based project for and about active cultural workers raising kids. She continues to experiment with the sculptural and narrative properties of ink and paper, and doesn't plan to stop anytime soon.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781937543440
ISBN-10: 1937543447
Publisher: Jaded Ibis Press
Publication Date: December 26th, 2013
Pages: 278
Language: English