The House That Groaned by Karrie Fransman

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It's an enjoyable tale, dark but full of energy, fascinated by the private lives and perversity that bulge beneath suburbia's facade.
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Introducing a fresh, utterly original voice in the graphic novel world

Exploring bodies and the spaces they inhabit, this tale is set in an old Victorian tenement housing six lonely individuals who could only have stepped out of the pages of a comic book. There is the retoucher who cannot touch, a grandmother who literally blends into the background, and a 20-something guy who's sexually attracted to diseased women. Yet, as we learn the stories behind these extreme characters, it becomes apparent that we may share simlar issues—as individuals and as a society.

 

About Karrie Fransman

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Karrie Fransman's autobiographical comic strips 'My Peculiar World' were published in the Guardian's G2, and her graphic story, 'The Night I Lost my Love' was published in the Times in 2010. She also makes Comic Apps and sculptures and her work has been exhibited in London, Belgium and Russia. She runs projects at the London Print Studio and House of Illustration. Born in Edinburgh, Karrie now lives in London in a house not dissimilar to the one in her book. You can see more of her work at www.karriefransman.com
 
Published April 1, 2014 by Random House UK. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Feb 24 2012

Fransman uses flashback to devastating effect. Mostly, the destinies of her apple-cheeked characters – her faces are all circles – turn on a single, humiliating moment.

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Reviewed by James Smart on Feb 21 2012

It's an enjoyable tale, dark but full of energy, fascinated by the private lives and perversity that bulge beneath suburbia's facade.

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