Essex County by Jeff Lemire

Essex County

By Jeff Lemire

  • Publication Date: 2009-06-06
  • Genre: Graphic Novels
5 Score: 5 (From 14 Ratings)

Book Overview

This critically-acclaimed graphic novel was recently chosen as one of Canada Reads’ Top 5 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade! It is also the winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the Doug Wright Award, and the Joe Shuster Award.

"A rich tapestry ... Mr. Lemire infuses his characters with vivid details that make them burst to life." -- George Gene Gustines, The New York Times

Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What could change two brothers from an unstoppable team into a pair of bitterly estranged loners? How does the work of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything heal the wounds caused by a century of deception?
Set in an imaginary version of Jeff Lemire’s hometown, Essex County is an intimate study of an eccentric farming community, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a cartoonist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free.

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Recent Reviews

  • Totally stoked!

    By simplegraycoat
    Sara Quin introduced this novel by promoting it on Canada Reads. I bought the paperback version. I was a comic lover when I was young, but slowly lost interest to it. The graphic is simple yet the emotions are captured very well, the emotion is real and the story could happen in real life. This graphic novel changed me!