The Undertaking of Lily Chen (Paperback)

By Danica Novgorodoff, Danica Novgorodoff (Illustrator)

First Second, 9781596435865, 432pp.

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

List Price: 29.99*
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Description

In The Undertaking of Lily Chen, Deshi, a hapless young man living in northern China, is suddenly expelled from ordinary life when his brother dies in an accident. Holding Deshi responsible for his brother's death, his parents send him on a mission to acquire a corpse bride to accompany his brother into the afterlife, in accordance with an ancient Chinese tradition that has many modern adherents. Eligible dead girls are in short supply, however. When Deshi falls into company with a young--and single--woman named Lily, he sees a solution to his problems. The only hitch is that willful, tart-tongued Lily is still very much alive. As Deshi and Lily adventure through a breathtaking mountain landscape, meeting a host of eccentric characters and dangerous adversaries along the way, Deshi just can't decide whether to kiss the girl or to kill her.

Danica Novgorodoff, author of Slow Storm and Refresh, Refresh, brings her distinctive voice and gorgeous, moody watercolors to this wry, beautiful, and surprising literary graphic novel.



About the Author

“I’ve always been interested in visual storytelling and narrative painting or drawing,” says Danica Novgorodoff.  “I get my best ideas while traveling, but it takes forever for them to become books.  I think about stories for years.  I write before I draw.  I read before I write.  I can only make art when I’m happy – no tortured artist stuff for me.”

 

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Danica Novgorodoff is a writer, painter, photographer, and comics artist who now lives in New York City.  She has also worked as a horse trainer in Virginia, an assistant to photographer Sally Mann, and an artist review writer for galleries in Chelsea and SoHo.  In 2006 she won the Isotope Award for her first published mini-comic, A Late Freeze, which was later nominated for an Eisner award. 

 

“Maybe comics are awesome because there are fewer rules.  They can be anything!  They’re the best of both the worlds of art and literature – the possibilities are endless.”



“I’ve always been interested in visual storytelling and narrative painting or drawing,” says Danica Novgorodoff.  “I get my best ideas while traveling, but it takes forever for them to become books.  I think about stories for years.  I write before I draw.  I read before I write.  I can only make art when I’m happy – no tortured artist stuff for me.”

 

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Danica Novgorodoff is a writer, painter, photographer, and comics artist who now lives in New York City.  She has also worked as a horse trainer in Virginia, an assistant to photographer Sally Mann, and an artist review writer for galleries in Chelsea and SoHo.  In 2006 she won the Isotope Award for her first published mini-comic, A Late Freeze, which was later nominated for an Eisner award. 

 

“Maybe comics are awesome because there are fewer rules.  They can be anything!  They’re the best of both the worlds of art and literature – the possibilities are endless.”



Praise For The Undertaking of Lily Chen

“This stunning and intriguing graphic novel takes the reader on a brother's journey to find a bride for his deceased sibling . . . Everything about this graphic novel is striking. It is not easily forgotten.” —VOYA

“If you haven't read any of Danica Novgorodoff's books, you're missing out.” —USA Today

“Beautiful, haunting, and utterly human.” —Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese

“A vast, dangerous tale… Novgorodoff has created a world filled with ghosts, regrets, dreams, and love.” —Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret