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.
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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...Aug 28 2006 | Read Full Review of Squirrel Mother
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