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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...
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Overview

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 Also included are over 40-pages of previously unpublished material, including two new stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603090384
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 275,371
  • Age range: 16 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.75 (d)

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  • Posted February 25, 2013

    Review: Essex County Summary: A trilogy of loosely intertwined

    Review: Essex County

    Summary: A trilogy of loosely intertwined stories explores the lives of some of the children, men and women of the farming community of Essex County, Canada in this graphic novel.

    Review: Jeff Lemire is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I first came across him via the DC Comics series Animal Man and Justice League Dark. I will have to review his excellent graphic novel Underwater Welder later, but for now we’ll look at his earlier work Essex County.

    Unlike his writing for DC Comics, Lemire’s personal works are drawn and written by himself. And rather than focusing on superheroes and end of the world scenarios, Essex County is a slice of life in a rural community that spans several generations.

    His artwork is simple, but emotive. The stories are moving, often causing tears to well up in my eyes, but avoid sentimentality in exchange for realism.

    The stories he tells are real stories about people who make mistakes, become vulgar when backed into a corner, and ultimately move through life with a mixture of joys and regrets.

    And this might sound bizarre, but I enjoyed the smell of the black ink on the pages during this read. It’s very distinct and an essential part of the reading experience.

    Essex County is a very realistic story. It is a beautiful story.

    Rating: 5/5 (I loved it)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Jeff lemire is amazing

    I came across this book after reading the first story arc of sweet tooth(also by lemire) and i absolutly love it. No characters have ever felt as real as the people in this story. Every one who has ever doubted comics as a legit form of story telling needs to read this story. A game changer is ive read one.

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