Essex Countyby Jeff Lemire
"A rich tapestry ... Mr. Lemire infuses his characters with vivid details
This critically-acclaimed graphic novel was recently chosen as one of Canada Reads' Top 5 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade! It is also the winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award, the Doug Wright Award, and the Joe Shuster Award. And here's a brand new printing!
"A rich tapestry ... Mr. Lemire infuses his characters with vivid details that make them burst to life." -- George Gene Gustines, The New York Times
"Jeff Lemire's Essex County trilogy represents one of the most remarkable recent achievements in indie comics: three interlocking graphic novels about the mysteries and melancholy of a small Canadian farming community, rendered in a distinctive style and turned out surprisingly quickly." -- The AV Club
"Essex County is a tremendous achievement ... This heartfelt piece of graphic literature surpasses its form to stand as an enduring example of the finest in Canadian literature." -- from the introduction by Darwyn Cooke
"The subtle inter-weaving of Jeff Lemire's Essex County Trilogy is brilliant and constantly surprising. The cumulative impact left a lump in my throat." -- Jeff Smith, creator of Bone and RASL
"These three books on Canadian lives are individually striking, and cumulatively stunning." -- Paul Gravett, author of Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life
"This is the comics medium at its best." -- Booklist (from one of three starred reviews)
Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What could change two brothers from an unstoppable team into a pair of bitterly estranged loners? How does the work of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything heal the wounds caused by a century of deception?
Set in an imaginary version of Jeff Lemire's hometown, ESSEX COUNTY is an intimate study of an eccentric farming community, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a cartoonist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free.
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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)
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.