Displacement (Paperback)

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Not only is Displacement a pretty funny graphic travelogue, but its prime strength lies in Knisley's touching personal navigation into the world of familial care-giving.

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In her graphic memoirs, New York Times-best selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic travelogue series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book's watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents frailty.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781606998106
ISBN-10: 1606998102
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication Date: February 8th, 2015
Pages: 168
Language: English