Award-winning poet Matthea Harvey and artist Amy Jean Porter offer the mercurial story of a lamb who wants desperately to be human and the human who loves that lamb—told in more than a hundred short poems and paintings.
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Praise for Of Lamb:
Listed among the Books You Never Thought You'd Read (But Will Fall in Love with Instantly) on Oprah.com.
Voted one of the Best Books of 2011 You Haven't Read by Vanity Fair.
"Of Lamb is a work of such subtle, haunting, spellbinding beauty it is virtually impossible to describe it. Fantastical and yet, so strangely, achingly 'real' in its tracking of love, loss, grief, and again love—an astonishing collaboration between a poet (Matthea Harvey) and an artist (Amy Jean Porter) that defies all categories except Unique."
—Joyce Carol Oates
"What a gentle, perverse, sad, adult-children's book this is! Each page features a lovely (too lovely?), often floral design by Amy Jean Porter and an accompanying minimalist poem by Matthea Harvey; each page is like a Valentine's Day chocolate with one drop of arsenic. Of Lamb makes the perfect gift."
"What a beautiful book! Matthea Harvey's keen and subtle redaction of a tragic tale that finds within itself traces of the comforting levity of nursery rhyme is perfectly complimented by Amy Jean's exquisite paintings that surprise with sudden counter-currents of tone and delight with surreal invention. You'll want to frame every page."
"Turning the pages of this book is like turning a kaleidoscope—endless delight and surprise out of a few loose elements endlessly recombined. Part nursery school, part nursing home, a copy of this book belongs in both, and in every home where odd and tender treasures reside."
—Dan Kois, NPR Books