26 December 2008

JANUARY (COMIC) BOOK CLUB

Next month's pick for the book club is Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw (published by Fantagraphics/June 2008). This 720 page tome is the thickest book we've read as a club, and yet, I read it in three sittings. The story begins with an older couple who bring their three adult children together for a sort of strange family reunion in their childhood home, all to announce that after forty years of marriage they are getting a divorce. For one week after the announcement we follow their three kids. The eldest, Dennis, who is desperate to find the reasons for the divorce. Claire, who is divorced herself and raising a teenage daughter. The youngest, Peter, a filmmaker who feels like an outsider.

This graphic novel has been on many "Best of 2008" lists, including Amazon and Publishers Weekly.

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