A Child's Life and Other Stories

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Phoebe Gloeckner's first book collects her highly praised autobiographical accounts of a teenage girl's loss of innocence through sex, drugs, rape, and AIDS. This edition includes eight pages of new material.

Long respected as one of the finest and most original of today's underground comics artists, Gloeckner shows both technical artistry and tremendous range--from her sly, lurid, and brilliantly colored posters for rock groups to her textbook-quality medical illustrations; from her sharp naturalistic juxtapositions for The Atrocity Exhibition (J.G. Ballard) to the signature comics for which she is best known.

Pages include both black and white and color comics, some that were published before in obscure comic books, and some of her classics in addition to new stories. In detailed, nuanced panels, these strips depict the isolation, horror, and disappointment--but also the revolutionary, transformative power--of young women trapped in circumstances ringed with drugs and sexual abuse. Gloeckner continues as a major literary and visual artist.

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

To put it bluntly, A Child's Life is a visual assault that needs to happen. When there are news reports of sexual abuse, rape, incest, drugs either on television or the radio we viewers are shielded ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maré Odomo - Goodreads

Sometimes books like this can put your own life into perspective, or help you cope with whatever difficulties you're facing. Or it can just depress you further. I went back and forth between ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Phoebe Gloeckner was born in Philadelphia and raised in San Francisco. Her comics first appeared in underground publications when she was in her teens. Gloeckner is also author/illustrator of the critically acclaimed Diary of a Teenage Girl, published by North Atlantic Books in 2003. In addition to paintings and comics, she has made award-winning short films.

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