Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What turns two brothers from an unstoppable team into a pair of bitterly estranged loners? How does the simple-hearted care of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything heal the wounds caused by a century of deception? Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire pays tribute to his roots with Essex County , an award-winning trilogy of graphic novels set in an imaginary version of his hometown, the eccentric farming community of Essex County, Ontario, Canada. In Essex County , Lemire crafts an intimate study of one community through the years, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a young artist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free. This new edition collects the complete, critically-acclaimed trilogy ( Tales from the Farm , Ghost Stories , and The Country Nurse ) in one deluxe volume! Also included are over 40-pages of previously unpublished material, including two new stories.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Jeff Lemire , Jeff Lemire
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Imprint: Top Shelf Productions
Dimensions: Width: 16.50cm , Height: 4.40cm , Length: 22.90cm
ISBN 10: 160309038
Publication Date: 29 August 2009
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
Availability: In Print
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Tom Writes: After spending the better part of a year in Canada, I was more than done with the great white north. But this bestselling, multi award winning graphic novel by Ontario native Jeff Lemire kept me up late into the night; I could not put it down until I was done! Finally collected in one volume this loosely interconnected story of the people living in Essex County over several generations is a poignant, if slightly bizarre drama. I found it to be as uplifting as it was heartbreaking, as all the best ones often are! What I found so remarkable was how rich the stories were in history and in character. Every choice they make, every word that is spoken is so authentic that it feels like a punch in the gut each time tragedy strikes. Others are simply prisoners in the sad, mundane lives they've made for themselves. This is a book about character, about how we choose to define ourselves in the face of both the overwhelming and the everyday adversity that comes our way. Lemire brilliantly contrasts this internal conflict with a story of survival in the Canadian wilderness that is the origin of Essex County. This in turn further enriches the modern day stories. As the chapters jump from character to character it is obvious how deliberate the choices made about point of view are. We see how they affect one another culminating in a heart warming scene between a young boy and the unequipped uncle who was left to raise him. The character designs themselves are cartoonish but the art itself is emotional in its minimalism, perfectly complementing the writing, the art conveys the subtleties of Lemire's script without becoming too realistic by photo-referencing (like so many modern graphic novels do). This is a genuinely literary piece of graphic fiction; Jeff Lemire is a true talent with an original voice and style that should not be ignored.
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