Lisa Gerlits BA ’98
Lisa Gerlits BA ʼ98 debuts with this heartwarming, lyrical story exploring art, friendship, and loss. Eleven-year-old Clara might be best known as the “girl who draws,” but she’s not tortured enough to become a real artist. Not when her only true suffering is a crippling inability to speak in public. But when Clara and her best friend, Orion, break their neighbor’s glass gazing ball, Clara decides that in order to suffer like a real artist, she will do every hard thing in her path—starting with knocking on scary old Mr. Vogelman’s door. That’s when she meets Birdman. That’s when she sees his swirling painting. And that’s when everything changes. Capstone Editions, 2020. 304 pages.