Essex County (Complete): Collects All Three Volumes (Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse)

Essex County (Complete): Collects All Three Volumes (Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse)

by Jeff Lemire

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Overview

Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What turns two brothers from an unstoppable team into bitterly estranged loners? How does the simple-hearted care of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything heal the wounds caused by a century of deception? Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire pays tribute to his roots with Essex County, an award-winning trilogy of graphic novels set in an imaginary version of his hometown, the eccentric farming community of Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Here, Lemire crafts an intimate study of one community through the years, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a young artist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free.
This new edition collects the complete, critically-acclaimed trilogy (Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse) in one deluxe volume! Also included are over 40-pages of previously unpublished material, including two new stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603090384
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2009
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 256,857
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

About the Author

Jeff Lemire is a prolific, award-winning comic book writer and artist from Ontario, who's known for creating literary stories depicting the frailties, fears, and hopes of the human condition.

He's worked extensively with all the major comic book publishers, penning well-received runs on Animal Man, Green Arrow, Hawkeye, and Old Man Logan for DC and Marvel. His creator-owned works, which are even more highly aclaimed, include The Underwater Welder, The Essex County Trilogy, and Lost Dogs from Top Shelf Productions; Descender, A.D. After Death (with Scott Snyder,) and Royal City, from Image; and Sweet ToothTrillium, and The Nobody from Vertigo. His original graphic novel Roughneck was published by Simon and Schuster in 2017.

Jeff won the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist in 2008 for Essex County, and again in 2013 for The Underwater Welder and Sweet Tooth. He's been a nominee for multiple Eisner awards, a Harvery Award, and the Ignatz Award. Descender and The Underwater Welder have both been optioned for major motion pictures.

He lives in Toronto with his family.

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Essex County (Complete): Collects All Three Volumes (Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
jasonli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Essex County" contains a series of graphic short stories that take place in around Essex County in Ontario, Canada. All of the stories and their characters are intricately linked to one another, and Lemire tells their tale, chapter by chapter, jumping back and forth through multiple generations. He is also responsible for the distinct ink-drawing look of the book, which is responsible for creating a very distinct sense of place.Lemire's lushly illustrated work is at sometimes poetic, at times heavy handed. While Lemire does a fantastic job creating a sense of place, his revolving cast of characters comes off as typecast and weakens the impact of the work.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amazing collection of stories, Essex County weaves tales of secrets, love and relationships together to create a breathtaking, complex look at family. I loved everything about this book, the drawings, the writing, how the author conveyed emotion into every stroke of his pen. His stylized pictures showing the passage of time was brilliant. These stories brought both tears to my eyes and smiles to my lips.I was sorry to see each story end, but then I was immediately drawn into the next one. And although they are all connected and interwoven, they could just as easily stand on their own. The author also added such strong Canadian touches, from our love of hockey to references to Canadian Tire Stores and Esso Gas Stations. Essex County is in Ontario, but this look at rural life could have been just about in any of our provinces.With Essex Country I can see just what graphic novels have to offer. Emotional yet subtle, complete storytelling by picture and a few perfectly chosen words. This is a book that I will be thinking of often and I can¿t praise it enough. I highly recommend this beautifully crafted book.
LynnB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my frist graphic novel. I was surprised at how much the author was able to draw me into the lives of the characters with so little text! I found the story very moving and the main characters as fully developed as in any novel.It is a story of family loyalties and of betrayal. I recommend this to anyone curious about graphic novels, or just searching for a good story. Like others, I recommend finding the collected volume as the three "books" together provided a depth that any one story alone wouldn't have. I think reading the whole collection at once contributed a great deal to my appreciation of the characters and the genre.
yarkan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've noticed more graphic novels at the used book store lately. This one is a fat one and I see the binding on the softcover is not quite up to the task. But anyway, when I saw this one included hockey, I thought I should get it. Mostly sad stories I think. An interesting element was showing familial similarity in a story that dealt with paternity. The multigenerations and shifts in time is a little confusing but one of them is going senile I guess. The style seemed crude but it grew on me and seemed to fit. Intriguing.
gypsysmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is in the running for the 2011 Canada Reads competition. It's the first graphic novel that I have read (if read is the correct term for what you do with a graphic novel). Before reading this I felt that graphic novels were glorified comic books. After reading this book I still feel that way. To me graphic novels pander to the short attention span that so many people exhibit in this age of video games and computers and I-pods. It took me about an hour to get through the entire three books plus additional materials.The other problem I had with it were the unintentional spelling mistakes. (There were some intentional ones when the young boy was first drawing comic books and that is to be expected.) One of the ones that sticks in my mind is when the two hockey-playing brothers meet up in Toronto and the one who has been living there takes his brother to "see the sites". Yes, mistakes happen but if literature wants to be taken seriously it shouldn't happen consistently.I don't think this will win the Canada Reads competition. At least I hope it won't because that may make me lose all respect for the program.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Essex County is a powerful story that will pull at your heartstrings from the moment that you pick it up. Lemire weaves three seemingly distinct stories of families in Essex County, spanning multiple timelines, and then...quietly without the reader even noticing he weaves them together into a story on community and family. Lemire has crafted a timeless tale, one that will still hold meaning long into the future as it touches upon topics that will never grow old. He brings a unique look and perspective at the world that his characters inhabit and how their stories together form the roots of the community. The characters are well crafted and as you read along you find yourself starting to recognize them in people that you know. And you can't help but feel moved at their stories and wonder what happens to them long after you finish the book.The artwork in these stories is absolutely beautiful. Lemire shows a deft hand at capturing the emotions and expressions of his characters and the world that surrounds them with pen and ink. Each line on the craggy faces of the characters shows their age, experience, wisdom, and regrets at life gone by. And in the landscapes you see the beauty and the harshness of the world that they live in.I highly recommend this book.
Iudita on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've never read a graphic novel before and I hadn't really intended to read this one - just to leaf through it to see what it was like. However every time I put it down I was compelled to pick it back up again. It was surprising to me how so few words and such simple illustrations were able to invoke such feeling and meaning. I was impressed.
msf59 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wonderful graphic collection, contains three individual but interlocking books, all set in this fictional Ontario county, based on the author¿s place of birth. The first book, my favorite, is about a lonely boy and his taciturn uncle living on a isolated farm. The boy escapes into a fantasy world of comic books and superheroes. The story is dark, spare and very touching. The second book features a pair of hockey playing brothers (hockey is of course featured prominently in these tales) and how their strong relationship is destroyed by betrayal. The third is about a country nurse, who spends her time caring for and dispensing advice to her ailing patients. She is a lovely character and helps tie these stories together in a most beautiful way. If anyone is on the fence about trying a graphic novel, give this one a try, I think it will bring you around.
booksmitten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hard to know what to say about this moving, brilliant collection. Crossover appeal for young adults in the three volumes, but for adults, I would recommend reading it in its full, collected form. Reading them all together made it easier to see all of the interconnections, and the place itself had such a role in defining peoples' lives -- reminded me of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. The first volume is bleak and hope-filled and made me teary on both ends of the spectrum. You even get the way-back ancestors arriving myth, and the generations of the same family through the years. The artwork is arresting and even a little harsh with its stark contrasts, but the stories and the narrative progression are so subtle. Loneliness and connection swirl about, and what more to say than that I was dumbstruck by its beauty, visually and emotionally.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series as a standalone so I am just going to comment on the two remaining books in this huge graphic novel. I have to say that Ghost Stories was my favorite out of the two. This story is about Lou’s life. He is living alone out on his farm which he has for years when a visiting nurse realizes that he can no longer stay by himself. I love Lou’s feisty attitude with this new woman in his life. This nurse finds him a room at a nursing home and it is emotional watching Lou fade. Just watching the illustrations as Lou is taken from his farm and seeing the farm gets smaller and smaller in each picture frame as Lou is driven away, is emotional. With nothing to do all day at his new residence, Lou reminisces about his younger days. I could see the life draining out of Lou as he sat alone at the nursing home yet I also understood the position the visiting nurse took when she thought of his safety and well-being out on the farm. This was a great story and the illustrations were fantastic. In the County Nurse, this story was a bit confusing to me. There was the story of the sister who ran the orphanage. Sister treats the caretaker of the orphanage badly and wants to inquire about getting a new caretaker soon. When a fire breaks out, their building is destroyed and everyone must make the two-day journey on foot to Essex County for shelter. The journey is rough and emotions are shed on their way. This mini story ties in with another short story about a county nurse who tries her best to encourage family ties. It wasn’t as emotional or dramatic as I thought it could be but I thought the illustrations were top-notch. With just the tweak of a line, the illustrator captures the essence of the story and draws you in. I’m glad I finished out this series.
NathanJNorman More than 1 year ago
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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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