The Eternal Smile: Book summary and reviews of The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang

The Eternal Smile

Three graphic short stories

by Gene Luen Yang

The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang X
The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2009
    176 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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A fantastical adventure through the worlds we live in and the worlds we create in three magical tales: The story of a prince who defeats his greatest enemy only to discover that maybe his world is not what it had seemed.

The story of a frog who finds that just being a frog might be the way to go.

The story of a women who receives an e-mail from Prince Henry of Nigeria asking for a loan to help save his family – and gives it to him.  

With vivid artwork and moving writing, Derek Kirk Kim and Gene Luen Yang test the boundaries between fantasy and reality, exploring the ways that the world of the imagination can affect real life. 

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"Shattering the borders between our real and fantasy lives, these bold, masterfully crafted fables have real staying power." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Begging for multiple readings, this exceptionally clever examination of fantasy and perception is one to be pored over and ruminated upon." - Kirkus Reviews

"Absolutely not to be missed by anyone who welcomes the leaps available solely to graphic storytelling." - Booklist

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Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang is the author of American Born Chinese, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, the Eisner Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. He teaches high school in San Francisco, California. Derek Kirk Kim is the author of Same Difference and Other Stories, the winner of the trifecta of comics awards – the Eisner, the Ignatz, and the Harvey. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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