Still Life with Tornado
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Still Life with Tornado


“I am sixteen years old. I am a human being.”

Actually Sarah is several human beings. At once. And only one of them is sixteen. Her parents insist she’s a gifted artist with a bright future, but now she can’t draw a thing, not even her own hand. Meanwhile, there’s a ten-year-old Sarah with a filthy mouth, a bad sunburn, and a clear memory of the family vacation in Mexico that ruined everything. She’s a ray of sunshine compared to twenty-three-year-old Sarah, who has snazzy highlights and a bad attitude. And then there’s forty-year-old Sarah (makes good queso dip, doesn’t wear a bra, really wants sixteen-year-old Sarah to tell the truth about her art teacher). They’re all wandering Philadelphia—along with a homeless artist allegedly named Earl—and they’re all worried about Sarah’s future.

But Sarah’s future isn’t the problem. The present is where she might be having an existential crisis. Or maybe all those other Sarahs are trying to wake her up before she’s lost forever in the tornado of violence and denial that is her parents’ marriage.

“I am a human being. I am sixteen years old. That should be enough.”

Title:Still Life with Tornado
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:295 pages

    Still Life with Tornado Reviews

  • Emily May
    Oct 15, 2016

    But now it’s been so long that if I bring it up, I’ll look like a girl who can’t let go of things. Teenage girls always have to let go of things. If we bring up anything, people say we’re bit...

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Aug 27, 2016

    ‘‘Still Life with Tornado’’ had me fooled.I thought it was all about Sarah and her teenage existential crisis at first.But it’s not… just about her. It’s about her, her mother, her fathe...

  • Alienor ? French Frowner ? (of badger and SNAKE)
    Oct 21, 2016

    ►Nothing's really original so let's not start, alright? "In eight days of riding around, that's what I've discovered. It's raining bullshit. Probably all the time." I'm gonna be unoriginal and rep...

  • Neil (or bleed)
    Feb 04, 2016

    Writing a review for this book doesn't seem original.(view spoiler)[Read the book to find out why (hide spoiler)]...

  • Taryn
    Oct 13, 2016

    Sarah is in the middle of an existential crisis. She stops going to school and spends her days visiting abandoned structures in Philadelphia. An event at an art show triggered her crisis, but she actu...

  • Tatiana
    Mar 08, 2016

    I love to be surprised by YA authors who manage to find a new angle from which to write about the same topics, too well-trodden in YA lit. Here is a fresh take on the family-abuse scenario. Of course,...

  • Aditi
    Oct 21, 2016

    “There are far too many silent sufferers. Not because they don't yearn to reach out, but because they've tried and found no one who cares.” ----Richelle E. GoodrichA.S. King, an award winning an...

  • Stacee
    Oct 03, 2016

    I just finished and like usual, I have no idea wtf I just read. And I love it. Being inside Sarah's head is unlike any other monologue. It's messy and confusing and heartbreaking. We get snippets of P...

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Sep 18, 2016

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.This book surprised me. I really didn't know what to think going into it. I grabbed it just because it looked somewhat interesting. I actually try...

  • Stephanie
    Jan 26, 2017

    "Actually Sara was several human beings at once."Sara is a 16 year old artist, because of circumstances in her past that she has suppressed, has lost the ability and the will to draw or create anythin...