Tamara Drewe


Like her acclaimed Gemma Bovery, Posy Simmonds's Tamara
Drewe is a funny and wise original novel in graphic form, with
a delightfully sly nod to a literary classic as ...
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Like her acclaimed Gemma Bovery, Posy Simmonds's Tamara
Drewe is a funny and wise original novel in graphic form, with
a delightfully sly nod to a literary classic as well as to contemporary

As Tamara Drewe opens, an aspiring American novelist, Glen
Larson, is returning to a crime writer's retreat in the English countryside,
run by long-suffering Beth Hardiman and her husband,
Nicholas, a charismatic detective novelist. Into their midst arrives
newspaper columnist Tamara Drewe, whose recent nose job has given
her a newfound confidence. Aware of her powers over men,Tamara
little suspects that local teens Casey and Jody also keep tabs on her
every move, including her torrid affair with Nicholas. Snooping in
Tamara's house, Casey and Jody soon begin sending e-mails from her
computer -- with unexpectedly dark consequences.

Tamara Drewe is that rare graphic novel for grownups, sure to
appeal to fans of literate and literary comics such as Fun Home and
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Editorial Reviews

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"a satisfying and complex story...Simmonds’ artwork, well-shadowed with clear grays, invokes and sustains the moods of longing, jealousy, self-satisfaction, and fear as the characters dance a multilayered but unconfusing reel of lust, repentance, forgiveness, bereavement, and distrust." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
Publishers Weekly

This irresistible graphic novel by longtime Guardian cartoonist Simmonds is roughly based on Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd and uses it to depict the English upper-middle class having tawdry midlife crises. Beth, the wife of renowned author Nicholas Hardiman, runs an idyllic writer's retreat where she's parlayed her skill at caring for her husband into caring for other writers. She and her literary charges barely notice the locals who, jammed on council estates, look on with envy. Enter young Tamara Drewe, a newspaper columnist famed for her post-plastic surgery beauty. With Ben, her rock-star boyfriend, and her citified ways, she knocks Beth's little group on its head and gets stalked by two local girls. After Ben leaves Tamara, she decides the already adulterous Nicholas would be a nice lay on the rebound, only he falls in love with her. The art captures British frumpiness so well it's scary; middle-age spread hulks through this book like sad weight, but it's less skilled with beauty; Tamara's looks don't sway the reader the way they sway the characters in the book. But the view on how feminism has failed in moneyed Britain is priceless. A wonderful and slightly evil book. (Oct.)

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Library Journal

When a pretty journalist sashays into a rustic British writers' colony, men and marriages fall in her wake, and everyone behaves badly.-M.C. (See review, top right.)

—Martha Cornog
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547154121
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Posy Simmonds is the author of several books for adults and children, including Lulu and the Flying Babies and Fred. Her weekly cartoon strip ran in The Guardian from 1977 to 1987. She lives in England.

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