The squirrel mother: stories

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Fantagraphics, Jun 28, 2006 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 147 pages
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The Squirrel Motheris Megan Kelso's second collection of graphic short stories, all of which originally appeared in various magazines and anthologies between 2000 and 2005. 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 Motherfeatures 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.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Boy, did I not get this. Not at all. I felt like the last kid on the playground after teams had been chosen for kickball. This graphic short story collection is so far over my head that I don't feel qualified to rate it on content, but the drawings are great. Read full review

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User Review  - ironicqueery - LibraryThing

Megan Kelso's graphic novel, The Squirrel Mother, is a beautifully drawn collection of short stories that have a great intellectual depth. Most of the stories only last a few pages, but Kelso is ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

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.

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