Are You Listening?

Category: Book
By (author): Walden, Tillie
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
Audience: young adult
Publisher: First Second
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.50in x 6.00in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

The graphic novel Are You Listening? is an intimate and emotionally soaring story about friendship, grief, and healing from Eisner Award winner Tillie Walden.

Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou.

This chance encounter sends them on a journey through West Texas, where strange things follow them wherever they go. The landscape morphs into an unsettling world, a mysterious cat joins them, and they are haunted by a group of threatening men. To stay safe, Bea and Lou must trust each other as they are driven to confront buried truths. The two women share their stories of loss and heartbreak-and a startling revelation about sexual assault-culminating in an exquisite example of human connection.

This magical realistic adventure from the celebrated comics creator of Spinning and On a Sunbeam will stay with readers long after the final gorgeously illustrated page.

From The Publisher*Are You Listening? is an intimate and emotionally soaring story about friendship, grief, and healing from Eisner Award winner Tillie Walden.
Review Quote*

"This latest by Walden uses heavily detailed illustrations and luminous, startling color to depict both surreal landscapes and subtle expressions, imbuing the story with equal parts paranoid tension and quiet wonder . . . A nuanced portrayal of the connection between Bea and Lou, nearly a decade apart in age but young and gay and navigating trauma and loss in rural Texas." -Publishers Weekly

"Walden is up to her usual visual tricks in her latest, with intriguingly layered, intricately detailed images in rich, warm, sunset colors that lack concrete realism but cultivate powerful atmosphere . . . A moving story of recovery and resilience." -Booklist

"Walden crafts a story rich in metaphor about two gay women on a journey through trauma and grief...A tsunami of emotions-sharp and heavy." -Kirkus

"With its spectacular art and original storytelling, Are You Listening? is a profound and magical road trip through a surreal landscape with two characters-and one special cat-who will break your heart." -Laura Ruby, author of National Book Award Finalist Bone Gap

On a Sunbeam:

"Tillie Walden is the future of comics." -Brian K. Vaughan, Saga series and Paper Girls

"On a Sunbeam is a rare treat." -Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries and The Books of the Raksura

"I couldn't put this down." -Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice

"It was so easy to curl up in the art and lose myself in the story." -Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Eisner Award winner

"[A] stark, gripping graphic novel memoir." -Washington Post

"Engrossing." -New York Times

"Intimate and compelling. A quiet powerhouse of a memoir." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A haunting and resonant coming-of-age story." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Deeply satisfying." -Booklist, starred review

Biographical NoteTillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. She is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and is the creator of many award-winning graphic novels. Her accolades include an Eisner Award for Spinning, three Eisner nominations, and two Ignatz Awards. She currently lives in Los Angeles.