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An NPR Best Book, New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Isabel Greenberg’s Glass Town is a graphic novel about the Brontë siblings and the strange and marvelous imaginary worlds they invented during their childhood.
This original graphic novel encompasses the eccentric childhoods of the four Brontë children—Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The story begins in 1825, with the deaths of Maria and Elizabeth, the eldest siblings. It is in response to this loss that the four remaining Brontë children set pen to paper and created the fictional world that became known as Glass Town. This world and its cast of characters would come to be the Brontës’ escape from the realities of their lives. Within Glass Town the siblings experienced love, friendship, war, triumph, and heartbreak. Through a combination of quotes from the stories originally penned by the Brontës, biographical information about them, and Greenberg’s vivid comic book illustrations, readers will find themselves enraptured by this fascinating imaginary world.
“Engrossing for both adults and teens attracted to alt-history fantasy or the Brontës.” —Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Greenberg breathes life into the Brontës’ unpublished early writings . . . Those who appreciate historical fiction and classic literature will be engrossed by this reimagining of the childhoods of these literary luminaries.” —School Library Journal
About the Author
Isabel Greenberg is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling writer and illustrator. Her graphic novels, including The One Hundred Nights of Hero, Glass Town, and the Tales of Great Goddesses series, have received starred reviews, won the Best Book Award at the British Comic Awards, and won the Observer/Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize, among other praise. Isabel has worked with a variety of clients, including The Guardian, Nobrow Press, the National Trust, and the New York Times. She lives in London and enjoys illustrating all things historical.
“Engrossing for both adults and teens attracted to alt-history fantasy or the Brontës.” — Library Journal - STARRED review
"Greenberg breathes life into the Brontës’ unpublished early writings...Those who appreciate historical fiction and classic literature will be engrossed by this reimagining of the childhoods of these literary luminaries." — School Library Journal
"Greenberg pulls Glass Town and its characters directly from the Brontës’ juvenilia, giving readers a look into the early creativity of an iconic literary family with a playful visual style that captures the Brontës’ enthusiasm as they discover what fiction can do.” — The A.V. Club
“Drawn with a cheery and expansive sweep that belies its sometimes somber subject, “Glass Town” is a testament to the (usually) redemptive powers of imagination.” — The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Her drawings are harsh and deliberately untidy, channeling the frantic, awkward passion of a precocious child. Sometimes they seem poised to burst forth from the page, defying physics in tribute to the seething spirits that gave us Jane Eyre and WutheringHeights." — Etelka Lehoczky