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The Animators
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The Animators


In the male-dominated field of animation, Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses are a dynamic duo, the friction of their differences driving them: Sharon, quietly ambitious but self-doubting; Mel, brash and unapologetic, always the life of the party. Best friends and artistic partners since the first week of college, where they bonded over their working-class roots and obvious talent, they spent their twenties ensconced in a gritty Brooklyn studio. Working, drinking, laughing. Drawing: Mel, to understand her tumultuous past, and Sharon, to lose herself altogether.

Now, after a decade of striving, the two are finally celebrating the release of their first full-length feature, which transforms Mel’s difficult childhood into a provocative and visually daring work of art. The toast of the indie film scene, they stand at the cusp of making it big. But with their success come doubt and destruction, cracks in their relationship threatening the delicate balance of their partnership. Sharon begins to feel expendable, suspecting that the ever-more raucous Mel is the real artist. During a trip to Sharon’s home state of Kentucky, the only other partner she has ever truly known—her troubled, charismatic childhood best friend, Teddy—reenters her life, and long-buried resentments rise to the surface, hastening a reckoning no one sees coming.

Title:The Animators
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:369 pages
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    The Animators Reviews

  • karen
    Feb 22, 2017

    this is a straight-up monster of a’s like one of those carnivorous plants that secretes a delicious sticky nectar to lure in its prey which, once adhered, can be feasted upon at the plant’...

  • Diane S ?
    Jan 07, 2017

    I have never been a comic book lover, not in the past and not now. Graphic novels? Have only ever read one. Animation? Can take it or leave it. So why did I ever pick up, this book? Goodreads, a few s...

  • Debbie
    Jan 15, 2017

    3.8, reluctantly rounded downOh boy, I was looking forward to a taste treat. Everyone who likes the same kind of candy bars I do raved about this book, which is about two edgy young cartoonists, Mel V...

  • Elyse
    Oct 13, 2016

    BOOKS are GREAT THIS YEAR!!! Viva-la-melty! Many wonderful debut novels... and *Kayla Rae Whitaker* deserves to be on the list with the great new authors to read!! If you read this book quickly - it s...

  • Angela M
    Jan 17, 2017

    There is so much contained in this story that I'm having a hard time knowing where to begin. It's the story of two young women who meet in college and form a partnership to make animated movies. Of co...

  • Cheri
    Oct 24, 2016

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 4.5 Stars““The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider...

  • Esil
    Jan 14, 2017

    4 high stars. The Animators is one of those big novels full of things I love:-The narrative is original. For a long time, I really had no idea where the story was taking me, but I kept being impressed...

  • Larry H
    Jul 17, 2016

    I'd rate this between 4 and 4.5 stars."From age eighteen on, I had a partner, a kindred spirit. I had a friend. Someone bound and determined to keep me from the worst in myself."Sharon Kisses leaves h...

  • Iris P
    Jan 29, 2017

    The Animators: A NovelI received a free advance e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!★★★★ 4 Convincing Stars!**********************...

  • Sam
    Nov 01, 2016

    I'm a reader. An enthusiastic, passionate one for the most part, and trying to be a better one every day. There are lots of books I completely fall in love with and champion, saying how great a read i...