Simple Lines

A wonderful, comic-book memoir

I visited my favourite bookstore, Little Sisters, the other day, walking up the hill on Davie Street from my place near English Bay. Vancouver writer and artist Sarah Leavitt‘s memoir of her Mom’s dementia, Tangles, was being promoted. I bought it. If the fine folk at Little Sisters like it, I probably will as well, I thought.

Tangles is indeed a wonderful and moving book. Leavitt’s drawings are simple ink sketches — in a style that recalls the work of Jeffrey Brown (Every Girl is the End of the World for Me) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis)– that are beautifully expressive. The writing is honest, ruthless, and poetic. I hope Leavitt sells a ton of books, and publishes some more.

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