Essex County, Volume 3: The Country Nurse

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The Country Nurse & Other Rural Legends, Myths, and Half-Truths follows a day in the life of Anne Morgan, the peculiar farming communities traveling nurse. As Anne checks in on her favorite patients we are introduced to such rural legends as the boy called Jimmy-Elelphant-Ears, and the Essex Farmer's Boxing Club! The story delves deeper into Essex County's mythology and finally reveals how all three volumes stitch together, quilting a portrait of how loss and regret push and...
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Overview

The Country Nurse & Other Rural Legends, Myths, and Half-Truths follows a day in the life of Anne Morgan, the peculiar farming communities traveling nurse. As Anne checks in on her favorite patients we are introduced to such rural legends as the boy called Jimmy-Elelphant-Ears, and the Essex Farmer's Boxing Club! The story delves deeper into Essex County's mythology and finally reveals how all three volumes stitch together, quilting a portrait of how loss and regret push and pull at the fabric of family in small town life.
The Country Nurse is the final volume in the critically acclaimed Essex County trilogy of graphic novels set in a fictionalized version of Lemire's hometown in Ontario, Canada.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The plot to the concluding volume of Lemire's trilogy of graphic novels about the residents of a quiet Canadian farming region is as low-key as they come: a nurse makes her rounds of her patients and learns that one of them has died; a few characters' secrets are revealed; and we see flashbacks to the 1917 tragedy whose consequences still hover over the community like the black crow that always seems to be flying overhead. Even more than the first two, this volume is about quietness and regret-more pages include silent panels than don't, and a crude superhero comic that an 11-year-old character draws is bluntly about his longing for familial connection. Things unspoken between family members, in fact, count for so much here that Lemire clarifies his plot by devoting a page to a family tree near the end of the book. But the power of Lemire's hushed, deliberately paced storytelling is in his black-and-white linework: raw, scratchy and sometimes minimalist, it conveys a lot with a handful of ragged lines. On one bravura page, a nun and a group of terrified children wade through a snowstorm into the distance; by its final panel, all we can see is a few tiny scribbles. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

This final volume in a trilogy shifts the focus to Anne Quenneville, a traveling nurse. Her character primarily works as a device, reintroducing readers to the disparate members of the Lebeuf family. Lester, no longer donning his toy superhero cape, is a little more grown up but seems lonely, while Jimmy continues to hide himself in his job at the town filling station. Anne decides to help the family heal by urging Jimmy to step forward and finally get to know his young son Lester, giving more formal answers to questions of lineage and familial tragedy that were only hinted at in the earlier books. Lemire's cartoonlike art is more cinematic than ever here, making full poetic use of wintry Canadian landscapes to force readers to pause and feel the emotions of the characters. A side story features Lawrence, a Lebeuf ancestor who grew up in a desolate orphanage managed by a nun and a gruff caretaker. Although these flashbacks don't have a direct impact on the modern-day Lebeufs, the past events do bring a deeper layer of history to the family. The first two volumes worked exceptionally well as stand-alone stories. While Lemire still creates memorable moments in this finale, readers will want to know what happened in the previous tales to appreciate this one fully. Well written and beautifully drawn, this wonderful close to a powerful trilogy is ideal for fans of realistic stories in comics.-Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891830952
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Essex County Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,011,821
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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