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Bad Houses
     

Bad Houses

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by Sara Ryan
 

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Lives intersect in the most unexpected ways when teenagers Anne and Lewis cross paths at an estate sale in sleepy Failin, Oregon. Failin was once a thriving logging community. Now the town's businesses are crumbling, its citizens bitter and disaffected. Anne and Lewis refuse to succumb to the fate of the older generation as they discover-together-the secrets of their

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Lives intersect in the most unexpected ways when teenagers Anne and Lewis cross paths at an estate sale in sleepy Failin, Oregon. Failin was once a thriving logging community. Now the town's businesses are crumbling, its citizens bitter and disaffected. Anne and Lewis refuse to succumb to the fate of the older generation as they discover-together-the secrets of their hometown and their own families. * From award-winning creators Sara Ryan Carla Speed McNeil (Finder)! "[Bad Houses] is the best graphic novel I've read all year. Superbly observed, exquisitely drawn, with a sharp bite and a real human pulse. Magnificent." - Warren Ellis, author of Gun Machine and Transmetropolitan

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Library Journal
01/01/2014
In the hard-up town of Failin, OR, Lewis lives and works with his mother running estate sales, and chafes at her uptightness. At one sale, he meets Anne, who has two secrets: she shoplifts, and her mother, an assisted-living nurse, is a hoarder. This fine book is the story of Lewis and Anne's romance, but it's also a tale about a community's history, both ancient and recent, that describes how some of the unhappy adults in the duo's lives (including a cranky antiques dealer and an unemployed machinist) got that way and what some of them do about it. Writer Ryan deftly brings together the text's many strands and shows a fine ear for dialog; artist McNeil's accomplished, naturalistic cartooning fits the narrative well. Ryan also employs an effective storytelling tactic much neglected among contemporary comics scripters: narration, which she uses primarily to illuminate the characters' inner states, engendering reader sympathy for even the most difficult of them and lending the book an uncommon and welcome thoughtfulness. VERDICT By turns sweet and sad, tragic and hopeful, this small-town drama will both break hearts and win them.—S.R.
Publishers Weekly
★ 10/07/2013
Two teenage lost souls struggle to find their future in the past of a dying town in the latest from novelist and comics creator Ryan (Rules for Hearts). The story, set in Falin, Ore., explores the idea that houses and their interiors are shadows of the humans who lived in them. Lewis works for his mother arranging estate sales. Anne, who lives with her hoarder mother, provides something positive for him to cling to when they share a bewitching moment while she lurks around a sale. Lewis’s confusion centers not only on his mother’s dominance in his life, but on his lack of a father. It becomes apparent that the other characters in the story share some links from the past, and Lewis and Anne must dig out the truth of these tattered strands of an earlier era. One of the keys: the lore behind the local beer, Faithful Angus, a memory of better times represented by empty bottles sold in antique shops, a bittersweet shadow over Falin. Ryan’s well-rounded sympathetic characterization and the scrappy energy in McNeil’s art make this a drama with true depth. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621158295
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
11/12/2013
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Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
88 MB
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Bad Houses 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 3 months ago
This was interesting.
Nikki_Mansfield More than 1 year ago
100% love! What a wonderful story. I loved both Anne and Lewis; both had mother issues, dysfunctional family issues, family secrets and meeting each other was the beginning of a wonderful romance which doesn't fully start until the book is over. Some of my favourite topics are discussed here: hoarding, estate sales, other people's photo albums, antique store shopping and urban exploring. I connected with this book and the characters on so many levels, I simply read with joy and didn't want it to end. Fantastic story! Also, I'm in love with Anne's hairdo and seriously want to get my hair done that way! This is a keeper for my shelves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago