The Experience of Being Alive
What happens to characters in books when the book isn’t being read? Where do they go? What do they do? Find out through the eyes of Binny Jordan, a character in a new book, The Madrona Heroes Register, as she and her friends, Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, and Arya Stark, explore this universe and find out what it means to not just play a role in someone else’s story, but create your own. The girls will meet characters and visit settings from dozens of other books including everything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon.
Quotes from renowned mythologist and academic, Joseph Campbell, provide the title and anchor each of the seven sections of the book. Campbell’s Hero’s Journey is the archetype for most of humanity’s storytelling including this story, and the dozens of books whose characters, objects, and locations the protagonists encounter in this novel. The Experience of Being Alive is a literary mashup spanning millennia.
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