Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story

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From one of Europe’s most celebrated young comics artists, a deeply personal story that will resonate with all of us who have chosen to love in the face of great challenges

One summer night at a house party, Fred met Cati. Though they barely spoke, he vividly remembered her gracefulness and abandon. They meet again years later, and this time their connection is instantaneous. But when things become serious, a nervous Cati tells him that she and her three-year-old son are both ...

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Overview

From one of Europe’s most celebrated young comics artists, a deeply personal story that will resonate with all of us who have chosen to love in the face of great challenges

One summer night at a house party, Fred met Cati. Though they barely spoke, he vividly remembered her gracefulness and abandon. They meet again years later, and this time their connection is instantaneous. But when things become serious, a nervous Cati tells him that she and her three-year-old son are both HIV positive. With great beauty and economy, Peeters traces the development of their intimacy and their revelatory relationship with a doctor whose affection and frankness allow them to fully realize their passionate connection. Then Cati’s son gets sick, bringing Fred face to face with death. It forces him to question the meaning of life, illness, and love—until a Socratic dialogue with a mammoth helps him recognize that living with illness is also a gift; it has freed him to savor his life with Cati.

Like the best graphic memoirs, Blue Pills puts a daunting subject into artistic and human terms in a way that is refreshingly honest and profoundly accessible. A brave and unsentimental romance, Blue Pills will resonate with anyone whose love has faced great obstacles and triumphed.

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"[Frederik Peeters'] elliptical, atmospheric storytelling style creates waves of surprising emotion."—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

"Passionate and celebratory . . . Profound questions are embraced in delicate details and quiet moments of pleasure."—Craig Thompson, author of Blankets

"If you need to be reminded that people can still love both intelligently and passionately, Blue Pills is for you."—Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh

"Compelling . . . riveting . . . the drawings of Peeters . . . elevate the book to another level . . . a memoir that ranks with the best." Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"In the unvarnished humanity of the story lies the book's strength and attraction. Excellent." Booklist, ALA

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At a youthfully dissipated summer house party, Fred is smitten by Cati and her joie de vivre, though they barely speak. Several years later, they connect again, and love sparks. But Cati brings with her two surprises: a young son and their mutual HIV-positive status-the blue pills keep them alive and relatively healthy. The couple's deepening intimacy despite the hovering viral ghost carries the plot, as a sympathetic doctor counsels them with skill and frankness. Toward the end, a fantasy Socratic dialog with a mammoth helps Fred get his priorities together to appreciate the gift of love in all its wrappings. Peeters is an award-winning artist living in Switzerland, and his muscular, black-and-white art suits his story perfectly. Realistic and touching, by turns amusing and yet romantic, this memoir is strongly recommended for ages 18+ because of some well-contextualized nudity and explicitness. Needs appropriate HIV-related nonfiction catalog headings.
—Martha Cornog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618820993
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederik Peeters, born in 1974, is an established comics artist. Acquired and translated by the same editor who brought Persepolis to the United States, Blue Pills is Peeters's first book to be translated into English. Frederik Peeters currently lives with his girlfriend, her son, and their young daughter in Geneva.

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