The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories by Emily Winfield Martin

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

This gentle and evocative book feels like discovering ancient secrets in an antique shop. It pairs a short “scrap” of text (ex. “They each thought it was the others fault”) with a strange–occasionally surreal–painting. Emily’s paintings feel quiet and nostalgic, though twinged with mischief, effortlessly igniting your imagination.

The Imaginaries is very short but it will add something to your life that you didn’t even know you were missing. It feels like a modern day Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Chris Van Allsberg, 1984), and if you’re familiar with Harris Burdick, you know what a strong compliment that is.

Available through the Bridges Library System

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