YOUNG ADULT FICTION. When a much-revered artist friend of TSP revealed that as her publication goal for 2011, we cheered, especially since that artist is the incomparable Sloane Tanen (seen above), whose work we simply adore. With that unique wit of hers, this could only go well. And it has.
Just out from Sourcebooks, is her simply marvelous, Are You Going to Kiss Me Now?, which pokes some fun at nothing less than our American celebrity culture. That culture had it coming, and there is no better observer than Tanen, whose work has previously skewered American parenting, marriage, sisterhood, oh, and pretty much everything else, in her perfectly-pitched books and collages, in which she uses those little stuffed chickens as stand-ins for us all.
You’ve seen her work. We’ve featured it here, of course, but it’s also been in no fewer than eight books, as well as on the walls of the New York subways cars, as well as on billboards.
We love Sloane, a sister after our own hearts, and even more so now as she ventures into her new work as young adult novelist. This is the book for all the teens in your lives, though I must admit, no teen myself, I adored every word.
Read up, sisters.