AN ILLUSTRATED NOVELLA BY ANELISA GARFUNKEL
A Conjuring In The Gyre is a new book for Young Adults. Written and illustrated by Anelisa Garfunkel as part of the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts. Interested publishers can contact Anelisa to learn more about the story and obtain a copy.
This futuristic folktale is the story of Lehlia, a young outlier who lives on an isolated island in the middle of a depleted Pacific Ocean. Her people have long suffered from the devastating reaches of modernization and climate change. Their connection to the natural world and their ancient traditions all but disappeared. When a catastrophic wave wipes away everything Lehlia has ever known, the resilient 12-year old is forced to flee her drowning island and embark on a journey that will send her straight into the jaws of the mythic Great Pacific Gyre, a toxic vortex thriving on the waste of a throwaway world. Lehlia will need to call on the wisdom of her ancestors to escape the onslaught of chaos that the modern world has stirred up, and ultimately will have to find harmony between the two to survive.