Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand


8 Critic Reviews

An impressive blend of biography and magical realism.


She is a painter. He is a poet. Their art bridges time.

It is 1978. Merle is in her first year at the Corcoran School of Art, catapulted from her impoverished Appalachian upbringing into a sophisticated, dissipated art scene. It is also 1870. The teenage poet Arthur Rimbaud is on the verge of breaking through to the images and voice that will make his name. The meshed power of words and art thins the boundaries between the present and the past - and allows these two troubled, brilliant artists to enter each other's worlds. Radiant Days is a peerless follow- up to Elizabeth Hand's unforgettable, multiply starred Illyria.

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ELIZABETH HAND, a New York Times notable author, has written eight novels andseveral short-story collections. She has won the Shirley Jackson Award, the James TiptreeAward, the Nebula Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award (three times), and many others.Her novella, “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon,” was recently nominated fora Hugo Award. Hand is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the WashingtonPost Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London.
Published April 12, 2012 by Viking Books for Young Readers. 300 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1


Feb 15 2012

An impressive blend of biography and magical realism.

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Publishers Weekly

Feb 20 2012

Hand’s descriptions of art and poetry as they are being made are breathtaking...and her troubled, beautifully drawn characters make the heart ache.

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Reviewed by Deborah Hopkinson

Elizabeth Hand’s vibrant new novel, Radiant Days, addresses these questions

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Reviewed by Chelsea Philpot on Apr 29 2012

it’s a book that will appeal to mature readers, aspiring writers, artists, actors, dancers, or really any teen who would appreciate the story of artistic self-actualization

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School Library Journal

Reviewed by Colleen Mondor on May 21 2012

It is an amazing, awesome, scarily brilliant book.

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The Literary Gothamite

Below average
Reviewed by Lauren on May 21 2012

...the supporting characters are more caricature than flesh and blood, and do a poor job of supporting the main characters whose fleshing out, as it were, is unstable to begin with.

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Chasing Ray

Reviewed by Colleen Mondor on Feb 09 2012

Her characters are so vividly created and their emotions so raw - they will appeal to anyone who appreciates true emotional honesty.

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Katy Reads

Reviewed by Anna on Apr 12 2012

It’s a beautiful novel, and well worth the read.

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