Off Season

Off Season

Book - 2019
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"How could this happen? The question of 2016 becomes deeply personal in James Sturm's riveting graphic novel Off Season, which charts one couple's divisive separation through the fall of 2016-during Bernie's loss to Hillary, Hillary's loss to Trump, and the disorienting months that followed. We see a father navigating life as a single parent and coping with the disintegration of a life-defining relationship. Amid the upheaval are tender moments with his kids-a sleeping child being carried in from the car, Christmas morning anticipation, a late-night cookie after a temper tantrum-and fallible humans drenched in palpable feelings of grief, rage, loss, and overwhelming love. Using anthropomorphized characters as a tactic for tempering an otherwise emotionally fraught situation, Off Season is unaffected and raw, steeped in the specificity of its time while speaking to a larger cultural moment. A truly human experience, Off Season displays Sturm's masterful pacing and storytelling combined with conscious and confident growth as the celebrated cartoonist and educator moves away from historical fiction to deliver this long-form narrative set in contemporary times. Originally serialized on Slate, this expanded edition turns timely vignettes into a timeless, deeply affecting account of one family and their off season."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [United Kingdom] :, Drawn and Quarterly,, 2019.
ISBN: 9781770463318
Branch Call Number: FIC Sturm
Characteristics: 212 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 16 cm x 21 cm


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Jun 02, 2019

Just so-so story-telling.

Feb 25, 2019

Another fantastic graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly showing the power of sequential art to tell deeply human stories for mature audiences.

Reflective, illustrated vignettes portray the magic first communion of romantic love and the chaos that ensues when that bond is no longer enough to hold a family together. Strum touches on working class resentment, the challenges of fathering sensitive children, and the shock of anger after love, all from a male perspective often missing from writings about family.

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