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The Chalk Artist - A Novel

Allegra Goodman

A tender affair and the redemptive power of art are at the core of this compelling novel from National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman, "a romantic realist who dazzles with wit [and] compassion" (The Wall Street Journal). 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. Wise, warm, and enchanting, The Chalk Artist is both a finely rendered portrait of modern love and a celebration of all the realms we inhabit: real and imagined, visual and virtual, seemingly independent yet hopelessly tangled. Praise for The Chalk Artist "Enjoyably sharp dialogue and convincing portraits of multiple mindsets and terrains . . . One can't help but marvel at how Goodman has captured the atmosphere of this virtual fantasy land so effectively in words."—NPR "Mesmerizing depictions of virtual-reality landscapes of 'Neverwhen' and 'Underworld' make the games' dangerous power over one of Nina's students very real."—People “Goodman’s latest combines fantastical flourishes (an imagined video game called ‘UnderWorld’) and realistic Cambridge details . . . in a narrative about art and ambition.”—The Bosto

A tender affair and the redemptive power of art are at the core of this compelling novel from National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman, "a romantic realist who dazzles with wit [and] compassion" (The Wall Street Journal). 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. Wise, warm, and enchanting, The Chalk Artist is both a finely rendered portrait of modern love and a celebration of all the realms we inhabit: real and imagined, visual and virtual, seemingly independent yet hopelessly tangled. Praise for The Chalk Artist "Enjoyably sharp dialogue and convincing portraits of multiple mindsets and terrains . . . One can't help but marvel at how Goodman has captured the atmosphere of this virtual fantasy land so effectively in words."—NPR "Mesmerizing depictions of virtual-reality landscapes of 'Neverwhen' and 'Underworld' make the games' dangerous power over one of Nina's students very real."—People “Goodman’s latest combines fantastical flourishes (an imagined video game called ‘UnderWorld’) and realistic Cambridge details . . . in a narrative about art and ambition.”—The Bosto
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A tender affair and the redemptive power of art are at the core of this compelling novel from National Book Award finalist Allegra Goodman, "a romantic realist who dazzles with wit [and] compassion" (The Wall Street Journal). 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. Wise, warm, and enchanting, The Chalk Artist is both a finely rendered portrait of modern love and a celebration of all the realms we inhabit: real and imagined, visual and virtual, seemingly independent yet hopelessly tangled. Praise for The Chalk Artist "Enjoyably sharp dialogue and convincing portraits of multiple mindsets and terrains . . . One can't help but marvel at how Goodman has captured the atmosphere of this virtual fantasy land so effectively in words."—NPR "Mesmerizing depictions of virtual-reality landscapes of 'Neverwhen' and 'Underworld' make the games' dangerous power over one of Nina's students very real."—People “Goodman’s latest combines fantastical flourishes (an imagined video game called ‘UnderWorld’) and realistic Cambridge details . . . in a narrative about art and ambition.”—The Bosto

Language:

English

Narrators:

Orlagh Cassidy

Length:

10h 29m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:39


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:41


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:32


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:19


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:17


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:52


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:07


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:38


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:17


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:22


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:26


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:21


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:48


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:55


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:33


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:21


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:16


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:05


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:49


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:00


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:28


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:32


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:44


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:55


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:48


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:27


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:36


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:15


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:15


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:46


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

00:26