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Material Type: Book
Collection: Comics
Call Number: CAN EVFIC SHA2016
Title: Was She Pretty?
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Personal name: Shapton, Leanne
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Topical term or geographic name as entry element: Everyday Fiction
International Standard Book Number: 9781770462274
Name of publisher, distributor, etc.: Drawn and Quarterly
Date of publication, distribution, etc.: 2016
Summary, etc. note: In this brilliant gem of a book, artist/writer Leanne Shapton weaves together a voyeuristic tale of love and life through epigrammatic vignettes and sleek line drawings. Entire relationships are encapsulated in a few, stingingly perfect lines: "Colleen was Walter's ex-girlfriend from med school. She loved to dance with men at weddings." Pricking our insecurities, Shapton introduces us to Kim, whose ex "kept a drawerful of love letters in a kitchen drawer . . . She would stare at it while she cooked." And Ben's ex, "a physiotherapist for the U.S. men's and women's Olympic swim teams. She wore small white shorts year-round." Fascinated by her own jealousy, Shapton interviewed acquaintances about their anxieties and peccadilloes, and the result is a book of surpassing originality: one of those unusual books that comes along to delight us all, like An Exaltation of Larks or Love, Loss, and What I Wore or Griffin and Sabine. Was She Pretty? can also share the shelf with the work of the legendary William Steig, whose early, psychologically revealing work inspired Shapton. An unflinching observer of human behavior, she invites us to peer into the hearts and minds of her characters--while reminding us that we shouldn't be surprised if we see ourselves staring right back.
Expansion of summary note: literary comics, art comics, ex-girlfriends, ex-boyfriends, Canadian, Canada, relationships, women, short stories
Source of acquisition: Rotem Diamant
Method of acquisition: Donation
Date of acquisition: May, 2018
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