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The Animators - A Novel

Kayla Rae Whitaker

"A wildly original novel that pulses with heart and truth . . . That this powerful exploration of friendship, desire, ambition, and secrets manages to be ebullient, gripping, heartbreaking, and deeply deeply funny is a testament to Kayla Rae Whitaker's formidable gifts. I was so sorry to reach the final page. Sharon and Mel will stay with me for a very long time."-Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest Named one of BookRiot and Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of the Year So Far She was the first person to see me as I had always wanted to be seen. It was enough to indebt me to her forever. 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. A funny, heartbreaking novel of friendship, art, and trauma, The Animators is about the secrets we k

"A wildly original novel that pulses with heart and truth . . . That this powerful exploration of friendship, desire, ambition, and secrets manages to be ebullient, gripping, heartbreaking, and deeply deeply funny is a testament to Kayla Rae Whitaker's formidable gifts. I was so sorry to reach the final page. Sharon and Mel will stay with me for a very long time."-Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest Named one of BookRiot and Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of the Year So Far She was the first person to see me as I had always wanted to be seen. It was enough to indebt me to her forever. 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. A funny, heartbreaking novel of friendship, art, and trauma, The Animators is about the secrets we k
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"A wildly original novel that pulses with heart and truth . . . That this powerful exploration of friendship, desire, ambition, and secrets manages to be ebullient, gripping, heartbreaking, and deeply deeply funny is a testament to Kayla Rae Whitaker's formidable gifts. I was so sorry to reach the final page. Sharon and Mel will stay with me for a very long time."-Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest Named one of BookRiot and Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of the Year So Far She was the first person to see me as I had always wanted to be seen. It was enough to indebt me to her forever. 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. A funny, heartbreaking novel of friendship, art, and trauma, The Animators is about the secrets we k

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alex McKenna

Length:

15h 26m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:11


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:12


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:21


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:17


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:26


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:45


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:17


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:06


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:09


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:10


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:16


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:14


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:15


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:04


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:51


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:14


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:19


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:41


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:56


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:49


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:22


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:49


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:07


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:14


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:55


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:08


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:11


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:07


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:55


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:22


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:31


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:19


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:06


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:44


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:11


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:22


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:07


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:14


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:56


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:22


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:21


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:10


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:55


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:37


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:19


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:12


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

09:02


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:13


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:02


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:07


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:12


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:13


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:04


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:57


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:20


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:46


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:44


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:52


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:49


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:24


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:01


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:55


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:47


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:17


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:49


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:52


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:28


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:35


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:41


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

00:28