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The Animators

A Novel

by Kayla Rae Whitaker

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The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2017, 384 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2017, 384 pages

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A funny, heartbreaking novel of friendship, art, the secrets we keep and the burdens we shed on the road to adulthood.

Very few novels can handle multiple themes with the seamless grace that moves beyond a plodding and studied dexterity. That The Animators does so with ease is even more commendable given that this brilliant book is a debut.

The titular "animators" are Sharon Kisses and Mel Vaught, friends who meet at Ballister, a posh private college in upstate New York. In a milieu where their peers talk about skiing in Aspen and summers in the Hamptons, Sharon and Mel, two scholarship kids from broken families, find each other through their shared love of old-time animated cartoons and become besties. "You're good people," Mel tells Sharon after she learns of her friend's east Kentucky vintage and the fact that Sharon is at Ballister on the "Poor Appalachian Kid" scholarship.

After graduation, Mel and Sharon make for a powerful dynamic duo, their markedly different real-life personas ...

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