The Chalk Artist

The Chalk Artist

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Collin James is young, creative, and unhappy. A college dropout, he waits tables and spends his free time beautifying the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his medium of choice: chalk. Collin's art captivates passersby with its vibrant colors and intricate lines--until the moment he wipes it all away. Nothing in Collin's life is meant to last. Then he meets Nina. . . . The daughter of a tech mogul who is revolutionizing virtual reality, Nina Lazare is trying to give back as a high school teacher--but her students won't listen to her. When Collin enters her world, he inspires her to think bigger. Nina wants to return the favor--even if it means losing him. Against this poignant backdrop, Allegra Goodman paints a tableau of students, neighbors, and colleagues: Diana, a teenage girl trying to make herself invisible; her twin brother, Aidan, who's addicted to the games produced by Nina's father; and Daphne, a viral-marketing trickster who unites them all, for better or worse.
Publisher: New York :, The Dial Press,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781400069873
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE
Characteristics: 335 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 08, 2018

This is a good story. I got involved with the characters and kept reading to see what happened to them next. I was taken with her thoughts on gaming vs. vandalism and violent crime. I found the ending to be a bit weak, but the rest was good.
It may not really be fair to compare it to her last book, but I have to say that I was mesmerized
by The Cookbook Collector's depth of character and creative story telling. So I will get her next one too and see how it makes me feel, see if she can get back to her descriptive way with her words.


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