Mary John

Mary John

Ana Pessoa & Bernardo P. Carvalho

Original Title
Mary John
Published
Planeta Tangerina, 2016
Genre
Young adult
Pages
192
Rights Sold
Brazilian Portuguese
Spanish (Latin America)
English (North America)
Dutch
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Mary John

Ana Pessoa & Bernardo P. Carvalho

In a long letter addressed to Julio the Pirate, Mary John looks back on her childhood and teenage years spent at the little square where they both lived. Between sorrow and humor, Mary John organizes her thoughts and emotions, gathering strength to start a new chapter in her life.

Ana Pessoa, born in Lisbon in 1982, began writing stories at the age of 10 and finished her studies in Modern Languages and Literatures (Portuguese and German Studies) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon. Since 2007, she lives in Brussels where she also works as a translator. Pessoa’s books, often illustrated by Bernardo P. Carvalho and Joana Estrela, have received several awards in Portugal as well as internationally.

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“ The book is more than an epistolary novel. In its essence, it ends up being a journal, as the letter stretches further through time and ends up swallowing this girl’s entire life – her longing for a place, a voice and a path of her own. Ana Pessoa encloses all the echoes of this discovery process within a rich, flexible prose that breathes adventure. Nevertheless, it still sticks to a genuine tone, with believable dialogues that are accessible to their target audience.” JOSÉ MÁRIO SILVA, EXPRESSO NEWSPAPER