This National Book Award finalist is now in paperback. Growing up in foster care, Del pens a one-woman play about a Los Angeles traffic jam, providing readers with a backstage pass into a young playwright's psyche as her play parallels her own life.This National Book Award finalist is now in paperback. Growing up in foster care, Del pens a one-woman play about a Los Angeles traffic jam, providing readers with a backstage pass into a young playwright's psyche as her play parallels her own life.Read Less
Good Condition in Fair jacket. Signed by Author. Ex-library with typical marks, also signed by author on title page; good tight reading copy. The jacket is creased and worn along the edges. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Standard Weight. Category: Fiction; Signed by Author. Inventory No: 103663.
Very good in good dust jacket. Signed by author. Minor shelf wear, tear and stain on DJ, pages crisp, very minor wear to book. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 160 p. Audience: Children/juvenile; Young adult.
As New in Very Good + jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7; Signed by Author Signed by Author Signed by Author Clean, tight copy. Dj. has mild shelfwear, interior as new. 124 pages. Signed on title page "For Catlin, Paul Fleischman 2003."
Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by Author Signed by Author Near Fine to Fine condition, copy inscribed and signed by author on title page in red ink, text tight clean unmarked, NO age toning, dj NOT price-clipped, 124 pages from the author of Bull Run and Seek.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-01-17 "The author explores the way art allows people to re-examine their lives, in this chronicle of a young woman who experiences an emotional breakthrough while stranded among strangers on the San Diego Freeway, and its contribution to her work onstage," PW said. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-07-28 Fleischman (Whirligig; Seek) explores the way art allows people to re-examine their lives, in this chronicle of a young woman who experiences an emotional breakthrough while stranded among strangers on the San Diego Freeway-and its contribution to her work onstage. The novel opens with the narrative of 17-year-old Audelia "Del" Thigpen who, readers learn, has just faked her own drowning in order to escape her latest foster home; en route to Taos she becomes mired in a traffic jam. The narrative then fast-forwards eight years: Del has assumed the identity of Elena Franco, and is being interviewed in Denver as the star of a one-woman show centered on characters trapped in a traffic jam (she describes the piece as "autobiography seen through weird, wavy glass"). The two narratives alternate, with a photo of a traffic tie-up and a photo of a microphone (plus differing type fonts) to indicate which is which. Splicing together related vignettes, as he has done successfully in the past, Fleischman here allows the real and imagined events to blend, supplementing and augmenting each other. This blending is both the novel's strength and its weakness. For instance, one of the most poignant moments occurs while the cars are at a standstill, and Del becomes intrigued with a performance artist who is interviewing various drivers about road rage; he ignores Del while interviewing a "tank-topped twenty-something," and Del's response points to her history of abandonment. But in other ways, because of the episodic presentation, readers learn little about her (e.g., the origins of her interest in films and books) so that when, at the close of her show, she finally relates her epiphany, it feels anticlimactic. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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