If you lived next door to me this morning… you’d have heard my squeals and probably assumed I’d burnt something in the kitchen again (my neighbours are quite used to the frequent sound of my fire alarm from my disastrous attempts to make toast) but alas it was GOOD NEWS this time!
I just got approved for two graphic novel ARCs that I’ve been HIGHLY ANTICIPATING. My Top TenTuesday last week outlined some of the GNs I’m super excited to try this year! My happiness can only be summed up by the gif above. Add in the sound of squeals and it’s practically me… except twenty years younger haha.
Here they are:
BURY THE LEDE
Reporter for the Boston Lede, Madison Jackson is young, scrappy, and hungry to prove that she deserves her coveted college internship. When her police scanner mentions a brutal murder tied to the prominent Boston Kennedys, Madison races to the crime scene. What she finds will change her life forever: Dahlia Kennedy, celebrity socialite, now widow, covered in gore and the prime suspect in the murder of her husband and child. When Dahlia refuses to talk to anyone but Madison, they begin a dangerous game of cat and mouse that leads the young journalist down a twisted path. I’ve been thinking of branching out in to crime fiction lately but thought graphic might be the better way to start. I’m excited to see where this mysterious story leads!
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COMMUTE: AN ILLUSTRATED MEMOIR OF FEMALE SHAME
An intimate, clever, and ultimately gut-wrenching graphic memoir about the daily decision women must make between being sexualized or being invisible
In Commute, we follow author and illustrator Erin Williams on her daily commute to and from work, punctuated by recollections of sexual encounters as well as memories of her battle with alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. As she moves through the world navigating banal, familiar, and sometimes uncomfortable interactions with the familiar-faced strangers she sees daily, Williams weaves together a riveting collection of flashbacks. Her recollections highlight the indefinable moments when lines are crossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid being objectified is to simply cease to draw any attention to her physical being. She delves into the gray space that lives between consent and assault and tenderly explores the complexity of the shame, guilt, vulnerability, and responsibility attached to both.
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The premise of this story is so relatable and heart-wrenchingly authentic. I’m eager to give this a try!
// are you excited to try any of these graphic novels or any others being released this year? //