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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Book Review: Off Season by James Sturm

This graphic novel shows a family of four (they are drawn as dogs but otherwise sure seem very human-like.) Lisa, the wife and mom, has moved out. After the election she has been shaken to the core and is rethinking a lot of things including her marriage. The story is told from the POV of the husband/dad. He works as a carpenter for a jerk who lies about work and paying him on time, his kids Suzie and Jeremy act out, and Lisa is alternately angry, withholding, and there are moments of tenderness. It is a difficult "off season" for all of them. Will they make it out the other side together?

I really wanted the book to continue. I felt the ending was a bit abrupt. I had really gotten into the characters and the story then and it seemed like there was a lot more to explore. This seems to be a recurring problem with me and graphic novels of all stripes, so I'm starting to wonder if the problem is me, not the books. That was my only real issue with it. It took a bit to get into it, but then I really identified with him, as an adult living in a post-2016-election world and with all the difficulties therein.

This book is published by Drawn & Quarterly, which is distributed by Macmillan, my employer.

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