Blue Pills by Frederik Peeters
A Positive Love Story

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From one of Europe’s most celebrated young comics artists, a deeply personal story that will resonate with all of us who have chosen to love in the face of great challenges

One summer night at a house party, Fred met Cati. Though they barely spoke, he vividly remembered her gracefulness and abandon. They meet again years later, and this time their connection is instantaneous. But when things become serious, a nervous Cati tells him that she and her three-year-old son are both HIV positive. With great beauty and economy, Peeters traces the development of their intimacy and their revelatory relationship with a doctor whose affection and frankness allow them to fully realize their passionate connection. Then Cati’s son gets sick, bringing Fred face to face with death. It forces him to question the meaning of life, illness, and love — until a Socratic dialogue with a mammoth helps him recognize that living with illness is also a gift; it has freed him to savor his life with Cati.

Like the best graphic memoirs, Blue Pills puts a daunting subject into artistic and human terms in a way that is refreshingly honest and profoundly accessible. A brave and unsentimental romance, Blue Pills will resonate with anyone whose love has faced great obstacles and triumphed.

About Frederik Peeters

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Frederik Peeters, born in 1974, is an established comics artist. Acquired and translated by the same editor who brought Persepolis to the United States, Blue Pills is Peeters's first book to be translated into English. Frederik Peeters currently lives with his girlfriend, her son, and their young daughter in Geneva.
Published January 15, 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 192 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Parenting & Relationships.

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This material would be sufficiently riveting if it were all prose, but the drawings of Peeters are what elevate the book to another level, as he evocatively captures not only physical settings (Geneva, the hospital) but the attraction between Fred and Cati and the darkest musings of his psyche.

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Originally published in Switzerland, Peeters's comics memoir of his romance with an HIV-positive woman named Cati (whose young son is also seropositive) is a new and sweeter kind of AIDS narrative-set in the era when HIV has become a chronic condition rather than a death sentence.

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B+ Originally posted Jan 11, 2008 Published in issue #974 Jan 18, 2008 Order article reprints

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