Missed Connections

Missed Connections

Love, Lost and Found

Book - 2011
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In her first book for adults, the artist Sophie Blackall creates a deeply felt, poignant book about love--a book that captures the mystery, the yearning, at times the cosmic humor behind the "what if?" of a missed connection.

Like a message in a bottle, a "missed connection" classified (usually posted on a website) is an attempt however far-fetched, by one stranger to reach another on the strength of a remembered glance, smile, or blue hat. The anonymous messages are hopeful and hopeless, funny and sad. Ms. Blackall, award-winning illustrator of Ruby's Wish and Big Red Lollipop , has turned some of the most evocative (or hilarious) of them into exquisite paintings.

Missed Connections is a collection of illustrated love stories. There's "We Shared a Bear Suit." "If Not for Your Noisy Tambourine." "Hairy Bearded Swimmer." Each is told in the shorthand of a "missed connection," and then illustrated in Chinese ink and watercolor. The paintings are extraordinary: delicate yet full of feeling, each springing from one little detail of the post into a fully imagined world. Each brings the voyeuristic pleasure of watching love at first sight, and the pleasure of watching an artist discover a fresh new way to tell a story. And not all the connections are missed. Hidden in the book are three pieces that conjure up the magic of love found.

Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, c2011.
ISBN: 9780761163589
0761163581
Characteristics: 128 p. : col. ill. 23 cm.

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realgood4free
Aug 02, 2017

Gorgeous illustrations of missed connections that read like flash fiction.

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ownedbydoxies
Feb 25, 2014

Lovely, sparkling, intuitive, sweet.... need more adjectives? Elfin. Charming. :) This book reflects the 'missed connections' posting the author/illustrator sees on various social media sites. She uses her imagination to illustrate the various postings. Some have even resulted in the people involved finding each other and becoming couples.

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JudithE
Apr 06, 2013

Charming. I quite enjoyed it.

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