The Crane Wife is great in a lot of ways. It's creative and fun and thematically interesting and the art described inside of it is beautiful. There's some structural experimentation, the myth being told in a series of very short sections, and that's exciting. The dialogue is fun and the characters are lively and true to life. Though it strays a little into sentimentality at points, I think for the most part it's romantic in a way that doesn't feel cloying or overdone. In fact there are revelations in The Crane Wife about love, with all its difficulty and sadness, that feel honest and ring true, the kind of sentences that make you want to write them down somewhere and revisit them later, which I very much enjoyed.--Sonia is new to our book blog "Between the Covers" but can she ever write a good review!
If you like magical realism, or books about love, give it a shot. ~Sonia
This book is turning into quite a stir. I've read many of the reviews, most raving about the wonderfulness that this book contains. It's a story of a myth colliding with real life, it's a story of love, a story of war, a story of the everyday, and a story of magic. It can make your heart soar and, at the same time it's knocking it into pieces. It's funny, violent, strange, beautiful, far-fetched and yet many people's most fervent dream come true. You have to read this book for yourself because I'm pretty sure its magic is going to work a little different for each person who encounters it. Open your mind when you open this book--I'm almost positive you'll enjoy the ride." ~Jackie--Jackie is a prolific reader and our top Tattered Cover book blogger
Indie Next ListFebruary 2014
Based on a Japanese folk tale, The Crane Wife spins a story about two artists -- one of whom may not be fully human -- and how they achieve the act of creation and destruction, both in their art and in their personal lives and relationships. The characters are fully drawn, each with faults but very lovable in their own ways, and the act of creation is beautifully explored through children, art, and budding relationships, as well as through myths of earth-creation. This is my favorite read of the year -- and it's been a good year for fiction! -- William D Carl, Books On The Square, Providence, RI
About the Author
Born in Virginia and raised in Hawaii and the state of Washington, Patrick Ness is the author of seven novels and a short story collection. He has won the Carnegie Medal twice, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. In 2012 his bestselling novel A Monster Calls became the first ever to win both the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals. His books are published in over twenty languages. He lives in London.