Squirrel Mother by Megan Kelso

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This acclaimed collection of graphic short stories includes personal and semi-autobiographical stories that draw heavily on the details of Kelso's youth along with stories about the idea of America and American history.

Kelso's work is characterized by subject matter that fits roughly into two disparate camps: personal and semi-autobiographical stories that draw heavily on the details of her childhood and adolescence, and stories about the idea of America and American history, such as a trilogy of short pieces about Alexander Hamilton. Her work is distinguished from many of her contemporaries as much by her spare, elegant, calligraphic linework, leisurely pacing, and psychological acuity as it is by the absence of nihilism, scatology, pedantry, and formal experimentalism. Her work is charming, witty, nuanced, slightly elusive, and sharply observed.

The Squirrel Mother features 15 stories of between three and twenty-two pages in full color, including two stories, "Meow Face" and "Aide de Camp," done especially for this volume. The personal stories are each self-contained but in a sense take place in the same world where similar characters inhabit different stories. The "America" stories are broader in subject matter, taking on events of political and historical significance and wrestling with ideas having to do with the American experience. Full-color comics thropughout

About Megan Kelso

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Megan Kelso lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and daughter. Her books include Queen of the Black Black, The Squirrel Mother, and Artichoke Tales.
Published June 28, 2006 by Fantagraphics. 136 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Kelso's second collection of graphic short stories shows her impressive range, from the title story about the unfulfilled dreams of two mothers (one human, one squirrel) to the longest, an incisive rewrite of American history that pits Alexander Hamilton against Thomas Jefferson rather than the d...

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