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Burdened with grief, confusion, and anger, Pascal Girard explores the childhood passing of his five-year-old brother. Girard delves into the emotional repercussions of this life-changing trauma, from his memories as a nine-year-old struggling to understand up until the present day, twenty-five years after the shattering loss. At the heart of Nicolas lies the question shared by most undergoing bereavement: Why? This confusion multiplies for a young boy with few answers to his questions, lacking even a basic explanation of the cause of his brother's departure. As sorrow and guilt are muffled by time and the flurry of even the most typical childhood and adolescence, this is a story of grief not grieved, and a glimpse into the ongoing process of reckoning. Pascal struggles to reconcile the magnitude of this tragedy with the minutiae of his daily experience of loss.
Publisher: [Montreal, Qu├ębec] : Drawn and Quarterly, 2016.
Edition: Revised edition
ISBN: 9781770462625
Branch Call Number: 741.5092 Girar
Characteristics: 106 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 17 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dascher, Helge 1965-
Alternative Title: Nicolas. English


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May 17, 2017

I liked the drawings, but no story, character or insight here.

Oct 13, 2016

Minimalist illustrations of a story about loss and grief that packs an emotional punch. I felt the echoes of its pages long after I put it down.

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