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Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame

Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame

by Erin Williams
Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame

Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame

by Erin Williams


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An intimate, clever, and ultimately gut-wrenching graphic memoir about the daily decision women must make between being sexualized or being invisible—now in paperback

In Commute, we follow author and illustrator Erin Williams on her daily commute to and from work, punctuated by recollections of sexual encounters as well as memories of her battle with alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. As she moves through the world navigating banal, familiar, and sometimes uncomfortable interactions with the familiar-faced strangers she sees daily, Williams weaves together a riveting collection of flashbacks.

Williams recollections highlight the indefinable moments when lines are crossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid being objectified is to simply cease drawing any attention to her physical being. She delves into the gray space that lives between consent and assault and tenderly explores the complexity of the shame, guilt, vulnerability, and responsibility attached to both.

Praise for Commute
“This sharp and splendidly drawn memoir will strike a strong chord in the current moment. ” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“One day’s commute offers time for the author to reflect on sexual predators, alcoholism, and the experiences she understands better now than she did at the time. . . . A catharsis for the author that fits perfectly within a pivotal period for society and culture at large.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This is welcoming, soul-baring, stunningly interconnected, and very discussable.” —Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419736742
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Erin Williams is a writer, illustrator, and researcher living in New York. She’s the coauthor of The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People and The Big Activity Book for Anxious People.


New York, NY

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