Missouri Boy by Leland Myrick

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Firecrackers lighting up an ancient tree on a summer night. Twin boys born the same night their grandmother passes away. Teenagers hanging by their fingertips from the roof of a parking garage. These are the moments of quiet poetry that make up Leland Myrick's Missouri Boy. Happiness alternates with tragedy in these snapshots of Myrick's own Missouri childhood. Filled with startling and at times achingly beautiful images--from a perfect paper airplane flying in the autumn sky to a solitary cross-country motorcycle trip--Myrick's graphic poem brings together the experiences that formed his character, for better and for worse. Poignant, timeless, and gently evoked, Missouri Boy is a unique tribute to a small-town American childhood.

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Leland Myrick is the Ignatz Award- and Harvey Award-nominated author and illustrator of The Sweet Collection and Bright Elegy.  His writing and illustrations have appeared in publications as diverse as Dark Horse Comics, GQ Japan and Vogue Russia.  He grew up in Missouri, a place that hs inspired much of his poetry and art, and he now lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife and daughter. 
Published September 5, 2006 by First Second. 110 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The most imaginative of these episodes compares his pregnant mother’s swollen belly to the distended shape of “one dying grandmother bulging with the death growing in her stomach,” then envisions the birth of the artist and his twin: “We enter the world, my brother and I .

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