Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ruby's Imagine Debuts in Louisiana

I was taking a break from looking for hurricane news on the internet, and I jokingly said to Mario, "Hey, let's see if I'm in the news." So I googled my name and then hit news. I don't think I've ever done that before. (Yes, I've googled my name but never checked "news.") Anyway, I found this amazing review of Ruby's Imagine. The best part of it is that it's from a media outlet in Louisiana.

Greg Langley writes, "Ruby’s Imagine by Kim Antieau is an astonishing book set in New Orleans before and during Hurricane Katrina and told in the voice of nearly-18-year-old Ruby Marie Pelletier...Her unusual way of expressing herself is Ruby’s most prominent attribute. It is a voice filled with a mystical otherness the likes of which haven’t been seen in literature since the days of Richard Brautigan’s surreal hippie tales In Watermelon Sugar and Trout Fishing in America.

"Alligators are 'alley gators.' If she wants to talk with someone, Ruby 'wants conversing.' If someone knows something, they 'have reasoning.' Her garden is the 'Place Where My Vegetables Grow.' A snowball is a 'frozen cup.' Her imagination is 'Ruby’s imagine.' The trees she remembers from the swamp are 'the rooted people.' Birds are 'the flying people.' She buys the frozen cup from a lady who runs a store at the Crossroads—a magical lady who is a seer. 'A galaxy did reveal itself to me in her winking eye.'"

I love when people get Ruby. I think she's so wonderful, and I have been worried about her going out into the world. This makes me feel a little more secure about her reception. Thanks, Mr. Langley!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How exciting! He gets it. Let's hope lots and lots of readers will get it too!

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