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
Characteristics: 128 p. : col. ill. 23 cm.


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Aug 02, 2017

Gorgeous illustrations of missed connections that read like flash fiction.

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.

Apr 06, 2013

Charming. I quite enjoyed it.


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