Three Incestuous Sisters: An Illustrated Novel

Three Incestuous Sisters: An Illustrated Novel

by Audrey Niffenegger


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The Three Incestuous Sisters is an evocative, illustrated book by the best-selling author of The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. Reminiscent of the gothic style of Edward Gorey, Niffenegger's visually stunning narrative affirms her genius as a storyteller. These rich pages present the tale of three very different sisters: one who is beautiful, one who is smart, and one who is talented. A melodrama of sibling rivalry unfurls as one sister is driven mad with jealousy due to the passionate love affair of another. Escalating to a dizzying climax, the romance of the two lovers ends in sabotage, shame, and despair. Haunting illustrations and lyrical prose depict a timeless tale of love, revenge, and ultimately, transcendence.

The Three Incestuous Sisters is a unique and lavish tour de force, which showcases Audrey Niffenegger's incredible talent as an artist and a writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810959279
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 9.62(w) x 12.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

An instructor at Columbia College¿s Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, Audrey Niffenegger teaches her students how to print type on letterpresses and craft limited-edition books by hand. In addition to her bestselling debut novel, The Time Traveler¿s Wife which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, she is the author of two illustrated novels, The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Adventuress .


Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:

June 13, 1963

Place of Birth:

South Haven, Michigan


B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1985; M.F.A., Northwestern University, 1991

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Three Incestuous Sisters: An Illustrated Novel 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mks27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Three Incestuous Sisters: An Illustrated Novel by Audry Niffenegger is a fantasy about three sisters: one with red hair, one with blue hair, and one with blond hair. The illustrations are dark and mysterious and, after reading the author's note regarding how they were created, quite difficult to complete. I greatly enjoyed the art involved in this book, but the story was more difficult to understand, but involves jealousy, remorse, and reunion. I rated this book 4 stars, primarily due to the power of the illustrations. I recommend this book to readers who appreciate illustrations or dark fantasy.
hockeycrew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book is rather strange. I found the pictures interesting, but I did not understand the true story behind the images. It's a very quick read, most images are accompanied only by a short sentence.
stubbyfingers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Obviously, I didn't get this book. I'm trying to think of redeeming qualities for it and the only thing I can come up with is "unusual." It was definitely not what I expected. This is a picture book, but for some reason I expected more words. This book is about 176 pages long, on the left is a sentence and on the facing page is a picture. And honestly, I didn't think the pictures were very good. They were all done through a process called "aquatint," a process involving metal and acid followed by watercolors, which the author explained in an afterword that was the most interesting part of the book. The pictures were done entirely in black and white except for everyone's hair and the green boy so they were very dark and a bit difficult to make out sometimes. Maybe I just thought they were difficult to make out because I wanted them to have more detail, to compensate for the lack of words, and they just didn't. The story, involving murder, insanity, and deformity (but oddly, no incest), was just creepy. It took the author 14 years to complete this book (meanwhile, "The Time Traveler's Wife" was something she did in her spare time), I hope, for the author's sake, that other people out there appreciate it more than I did.
nomadreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book in the library catalog a few weeks ago. I was frantically trying to reserve a copy of Her Fearful Symmetry so I could read it sometime before Christmas, and I saw that there were two books listed by Audrey Niffenegger I had never heard of: The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Adventuress. I immediately requested them both.As you can see by the cover, the art is beautiful. I knew Niffenegger was an artist, but I somehow missed the news that she wrote these two illustrated novels. Before I read it, I thought "illustrated novel" might be semantics to market a graphic novel to those who might not necessarily read them otherwise (and specifically those who read The Time Traveler's Wife.). I was wrong. I enjoy graphic novels, but this book seems closest to a children's picture book in how it tells a story. The pictures are more powerful than the words, but they two elements work together beautifully.The Three Incestuous Sisters is lushly illustrated. I read it with nomadreaderboy, and we would gladly purchase an additional copy to cut up, frame and hang all over our home. The art is beautiful. The story is fascinating and very Niffenegger. It has hints of the supernatural, but the sisters are flush with humanity. It's a quick read, but I found myself reading it (and gazing at the art) very slowly. I even read it in two sittings to make it last.I absolutely loved this book.
rampaginglibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Audrey Niffenegger really wanted to publish this book. As a graphic artist the idea for it came to her long before The Time Traveler's Wife. But once she had that best seller under her belt she had the angle she needed to sell this idea. That being said this fairy tale/graphic novel is fairly beautiful and the story is interesting.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't yet bought the book but managed to read it. I thought it was the most fascinating and conceivably imaginative thing I've seen in years. The art was simplistic yet had its own unique essence to it. So much that it drives you into these characters and their location. I loved this book from beginning to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I had read Audrey Niffenegger's novel The Time Traveler's Wife, which is now my favorite book in the world. This new book is strange and wonderful, like nothing I've ever seen. The author is also such an amazing artist (she did the pictures herself), and the story is like a fairy tale for grownups. I suppose if you aren't open to new ideas and have no imagination, you might not like this title, but I highly, highly recommend it. It is on my coffee table as I write this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based only one the fact that I loved the Time Traveler's Wife. When this book arrived I knew it was a mistake. It takes about 5 minutes to read and a second to realize it is going back to the store. That is what i get for buying it online without seeing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd been waiting for this book for months, only to be very disappointed when it was finally available. The book was poorly written with a scattered and weak story line. The pictures could hardly keep this story afloat despite the desperate wish of the author. From her first novel 'Time Traveller's Wife' to this is an exaggerated, and unfortunate degradation. I do not recommend this book to anyone.