Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers (Hardcover)
Chapter & Verse Book Club selection, October 2017, Redbery Books, Cable, WI.— From Children's Literature for Adults Club (CLAC) - formerly Chapter & Verse
Printz Honor Book • YALSA Nonfiction Award Winner • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner • SCBWI Golden Kite Winner • Cybils Senior High Nonfiction Award Winner
From the author of National Book Award finalist Charles and Emma comes an incredible story of brotherly love.
The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend—Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.
About the Author
Deborah Heiligman has written many books for children, including National Book Award Finalist Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith; Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers; and The Boy Who Loved Math. She lives with her family in New York City.
Printz Honor Book
YALSA Nonfiction Award Winner
SCBWI Golden Kite Winner
Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Winner, Nonfiction
"A remarkably insightful, profoundly moving story of fraternal interdependence and unconditional love." —Kirkus, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
"A breathtaking achievement that will leave teens eager to learn more." —School Library Journal, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
"In fittingly painterly language, Heiligman offers vivid descriptions of Vincent’s artwork and life, which grow more detailed and colorful as Vincent’s own artistic style becomes richer and more refined . . . This illuminating glimpse into the van Goghs’ turbulent life and historical period will add compelling depth to readers’ understanding of the iconic painter. " —Booklist, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
"A unique and riveting exploration of art, artists, and brotherly love." —The Horn Book, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
"An intensive exploration of their turbulent lives" —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
"This title is a treasure for readers who want to immerse in a roiling domestic drama and who don’t back away from a good cry" —The Bulletin, starred review, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
"Passion, intimacy and family love propel this masterful, suitably impressionistic portrait of the relationship of artist Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo. . . . thorough familiarity with the brothers’ copious correspondence; sensitivity and originality in reading it, and alertness to the imaginative afterlife of seemingly simple exchanges make this revelatory, compulsive reading. Highly recommended." —The Toronto Star, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
"Heiligman’s writing is evocative; it is lyrical, and the scenes seem like paintings. She deftly explores the characters’ inner lives and gives insight into the attitude people of the day had about mental illness." —VOYA, on Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
Charles and Emma:
National Book Award Finalist
"The unlikely, and happy marriage of Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgewood comes to life in Heiligman's intelligent and fast-moving book." —New York Times Book Review
"With empathy, humor and insight, Heiligman proves the truth of the maxim that behind every great man there is indeed a great woman. There have been many Darwin-themed books published this year . . . this is clearly the best." —NPR.org
"This is the 'wow' biography on the Darwins—meticulously researched, richly rendered and rewarding every step of the way." —San Francisco Chronicle