Graphic Novel - 2016
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Connected by a series of gossipy teens, the modern lost souls of Beverly struggle with sexual anxieties that are just barely repressed and social insecurities that undermine every word they speak. A group of teenagers pick up trash on the side of the highway, flirting, preening, and ignoring a potentially violent loner in their midst. A college student brings her sort-of boyfriend to a disastrous house party with her high-school acquaintances. A young woman experiences a traumatic incident at the pizza shop where she works and the fallout reveals the racial tensions simmering below the surface. Again and again, the civilized façade of Drnaso's pitch-perfect surburban sprawl and pasty Midwestern protagonists cracks in the face of violence and quiet brutality.
Publisher: Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2016
ISBN: 9781770462250
Characteristics: 133 p. : chiefly color ill. ; 25 cm


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Mar 04, 2018

Strange and macabre but interesting I guess...

May 26, 2017 This was one of the weirdest graphic novels I think I have ever read...and not in a good way. I understood some of it, but definitely not all of it. The art was distracting -- it reminded me of that King of the Hill cartoon. And while it was a series of short stories, they all were tragic and depressing. But I have to say, some of the depictions of suburbia are too true for comfort which is why I gave this 2 stars instead of 1 star. Just...weird.

Jun 08, 2016

Clean, crisp drawings; bittersweet linked stories of small town life in middle America.


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