Catalog / 2021 Releases

2021 Releases

Here's everything Top Shelf has planned for 2021 (subject to change) listed in order of release -- with a few highlights from 2020 as well! Do yourself a favor this year and try some things that you're not that familiar with. You won't be disappointed.

And click on the links for a quick look at the entire publishing schedule; our mature-reader perennials, and our all-ages perennials.

December 2020

They Called Us Enemy: Expanded Hardcover Edition

They Called Us Enemy: Expanded Hardcover Edition

by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker

The New York Times bestselling graphic memoir from actor/author/activist George Takei returns in a deluxe hardcover edition with bonus material! Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

Now with …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-470-2 - Diamond: FEB200687

They Called Us Enemy SDCC Exclusive Hardcover (1st Printing)

They Called Us Enemy SDCC Exclusive Hardcover (1st Printing)

by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker

WAREHOUSE FIND! A FEW COPIES REMAINING OF THE SDCC EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER (1ST PRINTING)

George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his magnetic performances, sharp wit, and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a …

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They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy

by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker

A New York Times Bestseller!
An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers!
Winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work!
Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature!
Winner of the American Book Award!
Winner of the National Cartoonists Society …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-450-4 - Diamond: MAR190630

They Called Us Enemy: Spanish Edition (Nos llamaron Enemigo)

They Called Us Enemy: Spanish Edition (Nos llamaron Enemigo)

by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker

The award-winning New York Times Bestseller is now available in Spanish!

"Nos Llamaron Enemigo toma el cómic como plataforma educativa que aprovecha una historia personal para contar la historia de un momento crucial que no debe ser olvidado... uno de los mejores libros de historia …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-483-2 - Diamond: FEB200742

 
From Hell: Master Edition -- HARDCOVER

From Hell: Master Edition -- HARDCOVER

by Eddie Campbell

Meet the most notorious serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper -- and meet the vast and vibrant communities of Victorian London where his foul deeds gave birth to the modern era. In this remarkable new edition, the award-winning bestseller FROM HELL now features astonishing colors by Eddie …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-469-6 - Diamond: FEB200689

Kodi

Kodi

by Jared Cullum

The gorgeous story of two friends separated by everything in the world — except love. Readers and animal-lovers of every age will want to relive this journey over and over again.

"Jared Cullum brings to Kodi a fresh watercolor style that's brimming over with personality. His characters come …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-467-2 - Diamond: FEB200686

 
Home Time II: Beyond The Weaving

Home Time II: Beyond The Weaving

by Campbell Whyte

Winner of the Silver Ledger Award / Comic Arts Awards of Australia!

Praise for Home Time:
“Beautifully realised, funny, smart, weird and surprisingly epic in scope, Home Time is also just plain brilliant.” — Shaun Tan

“Campbell Whyte’s debut graphic novel is cute, funny, scary, …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-464-1 - Diamond: NOV190725

The Grot: The Story of the Swamp City Grifters

The Grot: The Story of the Swamp City Grifters

by Pat Grant

Finalist for the Aurealis Award!
Winner of the Bronze Ledger Award / Comic Arts Awards of Australia!

“The Grot has the makings of a true Australian classic. As absurdly funny as it is disturbingly realistic." -- Shaun Tan, Author of The Arrival

"A twisting plot and a seething, filthy world …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-466-5 - Diamond: JAN200786

 
Camp Spirit

Camp Spirit

by Axelle Lenoir

It’s the spooky LGBTeen hard-rock rom-com that’s as wild as a hot summer night.

"Funny and believable, with wonderful expressions and amusing dialogue... There’s a lot readers will enjoy about this coming-of-age camp comedy: romance, a dose of paranormal horror, and laugh-out-loud …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-465-8 - Diamond: DEC190722

What If We Were...

What If We Were...

by Axelle Lenoir

Nominated for the Eisner Award!

Teen girls reimagine the universe on a daily basis! This graphic novel proves there's nothing better than using your imagination... except maybe talking nonsense with your friends. Hey, why not both?

"This coming-of-age comic captures the joy and creativity of …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-480-1 - Diamond: AUG200566

 
The Book Tour

The Book Tour

by Andi Watson

A page-turning, Kafkaesque dark comedy in brilliant retro style, this graphic novel watches one man try to keep it together while everything falls apart.

★ ★ ★ Nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New ★ ★ ★
★ ★ ★ Official Selection of the Angoulême …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-479-5 - Diamond: JUL200575

Monster on the Hill (Expanded Edition)

Monster on the Hill (Expanded Edition)

by Rob Harrell

In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster -- much to the townsfolk’s delight! Each town’s unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism. Each town, that is... except for one. Unfortunately for the people of …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-491-7 - Diamond: JUN200621

 

February 2021

Parenthesis

Parenthesis

by Élodie Durand

Winner of the Revelation Prize, Liberation Readers’ Prize, and Poland Prize from the Angoulême International Comics Festival!
Named one of FNAC’s “Top 10 Graphic Novels About Illness”!

"Durand’s smoky pencil illustrations are terrifyingly good at evoking the interior experiences of …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-481-8 - Diamond: SEP200516

Johnny Boo (Book 12): Johnny Boo and the Silly Blizzard

Johnny Boo (Book 12): Johnny Boo and the Silly Blizzard

by James Kochalka

James Kochalka's beloved Eisner-award-winning series takes a wintry turn as Johnny Boo and Squiggle discover the delights of eating snow -- and the importance of staying warm!

Kids love to eat snow! It looks a lot like ice cream… hey, maybe it really IS ice cream! Johnny Boo and Squiggle are …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-485-6 - Diamond: SEP200515

 
March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Winner of the National Book Award

"March can help a new generation understand that the arc of the moral universe doesn't just bend toward justice; humans must struggle to bend it. To read Lewis's graphic memoir... is to be reminded that what so many have taken for granted in American life today …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-395-8 - Diamond: JUN16-0409

March: Book One

March: Book One

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Discover the phenomenal graphic novel memoir by US Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis!
Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award — Special Recognition
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Washington Post Bestseller
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
One of YALSA's …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-300-2 - Diamond: JUN13-1298

 
March: Book Two

March: Book Two

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Don't miss the sequel to the #1 bestseller March: Book One!

New York Times Bestseller
One of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Winner of the Will Eisner Award
Winner of the Street Literature Book Award Medal
Winner of the Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo Award

"With March, …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-400-9 - Diamond: NOV141657

March: Book Three

March: Book Three

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Top Shelf is honored to present a milestone of comics history: the stunning conclusion to the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award
Winner of the …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-402-3 - Diamond: JUN160408

 

March 2021

Korgi (Book 5): End of Seasons

Korgi (Book 5): End of Seasons

by Christian Slade

Praise for the Korgi series:

"If there was ever a true ‘all-ages’ book, this is it. Korgi hits every note perfectly, and can hook readers all across the spectrum with its tantalizing suspense and action.... The art is spectacular." — School Library …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-486-3 - Diamond: NOV200432

May 2021

Onion Skin

Onion Skin

by Edgar Camacho

"A visual feast of art so energetic that it constantly breaks through and beyond the panel borders, in a brilliant, saturated palette and stylized, angular figures... quite the toothsome thrill ride." — Booklist

“Onion Skin earned the first National Young Graphic Novel Award for its ample …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-489-4 - Diamond: DEC200435

June 2021

The Delicacy

The Delicacy

by James Albon

"A vivid, shrewdly observed satire of fine dining... a treat from start to finish." — The Guardian

"A tremendously entertaining moral fable that delights because it never quite goes where you think it will... all wrapped up in gorgeous full-colour art that is all thick lines and bold …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-492-4 - Diamond: FEB210446

July 2021

The Jekyll Island Chronicles (Book Three): A Last Call

The Jekyll Island Chronicles (Book Three): A Last Call

Written by Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, & Jack Lowe. Illustrated by Prentis Rollins, with colors by S. J. Miller.

Praise for The Jekyll Island Chronicles:

“An alternative-history steampunk treasure… Consider this historian impressed.” — Matt Kim, Inverse

“The Jekyll Island Chronicles... shines a bright light on alternate history in the comic medium with its deep characterizations of historical …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-493-1 - Diamond: FEB210447

September 2021

Rivers

Rivers

by Dan Berry and David Gaffney

"Cleverly written, great characters, all brought vigorously to life by Dan Berry’s ebullient artwork."
—Glyn Dillon, author of The Nao of Brown, artist/designer for Star Wars films

"Multilayered, thoughtful, funny and strange — David and Dan try everything in this book, pulling together …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-490-0 - Diamond: JAN210510

Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken (Book 3): Macaroni and Bees?!?

Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken (Book 3): Macaroni and Bees?!?

by Ray Friesen

"The funniest friendship in young readers' comics." — ScreenRant

“Ray Friesen is a remarkable cartoonist. He makes the silly funny and the funny sublime. The world seems lighter after reading a Ray Friesen book.” — Jimmy Gownley, author of Amelia Rules!

“Ray Friesen is a veritable …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-497-9 - Diamond: MAR210452

 

October 2021

The Science of Surfing: A Surfside Girls Guide to the Ocean

The Science of Surfing: A Surfside Girls Guide to the Ocean

by Kim Dwinell

“This fun book contains lots of cool marine biology and oceanography tidbits for budding surfers… and future scientists! Surfing is an amazing way to enjoy the ocean, and the more you know, the better a guest you’ll be to the wonderful creatures that live there.” — Dr. Christopher G. …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-494-8 - Diamond: MAR210453

Ballad for Sophie

Ballad for Sophie

by Filipe Melo and Juan Cavia

Watch Juan Cavia's cover come to life with the tender theme music of writer/pianist Filipe Melo!

★ "A moving saga of artistic rivalry, guilt, and redemption." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Emotionally dense, texturally rich and humming with humanity, Ballad for Sophie is a …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-498-6 - Diamond: MAY210433

 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol IV): The Tempest (TPB)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol IV): The Tempest (TPB)

by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

"This wild metafictional romp is a fitting goodbye to two singular talents." — The Guardian (Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2019)

After an epic twenty-year journey through the entirety of human culture – the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable – Alan Moore and …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-496-2 - Diamond: MAR210451

Better Place

Better Place

by Duane Murray and Shawn Daley

★ "Big imagination and heart produce a winning adventure that belongs on display next to Hey Kiddo, I Kill Giants, and Almost American Girl." — School Library Journal (starred review)

"Heartfelt... Daley’s action-packed, mostly black-and-white panels burst with technicolor …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-495-5 - Diamond: APR210626

 

November 2021

Junkwraith

Junkwraith

by Ellinor Richey

"A story of memory, belonging, patience, and oddly enough, recycling... Richey’s delightfully odd characters and increasingly strange landscapes cultivate a rich sense of atmosphere. Highly recommended for teens and adults who want to learn how to be brave." — Booklist (starred …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-500-6 - Diamond: JUN210472

February 2022

Animal Stories

Animal Stories

by Maria Hoey and Peter Hoey

PRAISE FOR PETER & MARIA HOEY:
"Spectacular... each page is a feast for the eyes. Challenging, entertaining, and crisply beautiful stories." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Right up there with Chris Ware for craft, composition and complexity... like nothing at all …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-502-0 - Diamond: AUG210540

Red Panda & Moon Bear (Book Two): The Curse of the Evil Eye

Red Panda & Moon Bear (Book Two): The Curse of the Evil Eye

by Jarod Roselló

Super siblings save the world! In their second amazing graphic novel, these Cuban American kids are getting even better at using their powers to protect the community... but has their luck just run out? How do you stop a curse?!

When an evil curse descends upon the city of Martí, it’s up to …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-501-3 - Diamond: OCT210384

 
Glork Patrol (Book Two): Glork Patrol Takes a Bath

Glork Patrol (Book Two): Glork Patrol Takes a Bath

by James Kochalka

Guess who’s back for even more wacky outer-space adventure? The Glorkian Warrior and his crew! It’s a sticky, soapy, messy delight from the award-winning creator of Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher!

What a mess! It all started when Glorkian SuperGrandma told the Glork Patrol they could eat …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-504-4 - Diamond: SEP210459

Secret Passages

Secret Passages

by Axelle Lenoir

Welcome to an autobiography from another dimension. A wildly inventive cartoonist begins her imaginary memoir -- exploring the girlhood she never had.

Many LGBTQ adults look back on their youth and wonder: what might have been? Growing up “in the closet” tends to produce a sort of double …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-499-3 - Diamond: JUL210485

 

March 2022

Voice of the Fire (25th Anniversary Edition)

Voice of the Fire (25th Anniversary Edition)

by Alan Moore

Returning in a gorgeous new paperback format: the astonishing first prose novel from the legendary Alan Moore — an epic yet intimate portrait of a single English town across the whole span of human history.

"Do not trust the tales, or the town, or even the man who tells the tales. Trust only …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-507-5 - Diamond: NOV210422

April 2022

Free Pass

Free Pass

by Julian Hanshaw

"Free Pass is an optimistic, clever and amusing look at where we are heading as a society. And Julian’s use of colour is gorgeous." — Chester Brown, author of Ed the Happy Clown, Paying for It, and Louis Riel

"Hanshaw has outdone himself with Free Pass. A futuristic sex fantasy that is as …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-505-1

May 2022

Loved and Lost: A Relationship Trilogy

Loved and Lost: A Relationship Trilogy

by Jeffrey Brown

Twenty years ago, young painter Jeffrey Brown grew frustrated with the expectations of the art world and wanted desperately to make something real. In a single sketchbook, working directly in ink, he began recording his memories of a recent long-distance relationship, matching the emotional frailty …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-506-8

June 2022

Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator

Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator

by Sofia Warren

You won the election... now what? Activist organizing meets government gridlock as a millennial New Yorker cartoonist follows a first-year state senator on her unforgettable journey — from outsider to insider.

In early 2018, cartoonist Sofia Warren was not paying attention to New York state …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-512-9

Johnny Boo (Book 13): Johnny Boo Goes to School

Johnny Boo (Book 13): Johnny Boo Goes to School

by James Kochalka

Johnny Boo doesn’t know what school is, but if Squiggle is going, he wants to go too! School is where you have to wear an apple on your head so the teacher doesn’t mistake you for ice cream and eat you accidentally, right? Well, maybe if your teacher is the Ice Cream Monster.

There’s so …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-503-7

 

July 2022

Order of the Night Jay (Book One): The Forest Beckons

Order of the Night Jay (Book One): The Forest Beckons

by Jonathan Schnapp

Making friends can be hard for a nervous bear, even at summer camp. But Frank’s about to discover a mystery… and the camp needs him to save the day!

Frank is perhaps the most un-bear-like bear Camp Jay Bird has ever seen. Actually, he's probably the ONLY bear Camp Jay Bird has ever seen. And …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-510-5

August 2022

The Bend of Luck

The Bend of Luck

by Peter Hoey and Maria Hoey

Imagine a world where Luck, the most ephemeral of ideas, has a physical form. Precious stones of luck, mined like gold, are worn as bringers of fortune. But luck breaks both ways. While the blue gems may grant advantage to those who wear them, their blessing is fickle and unpredictable. In the …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-509-9

September 2022

Doughnuts and Doom

Doughnuts and Doom

by Balazs Lorinczi

Being a teenage witch — or rock star — is tougher than it looks! But maybe enemies can become friends… or more? Flying brooms and electric guitars set hearts aflame in this fantastically fizzy graphic novel.

When Margot meets Elena, emotions run high, magic is in the air, and doughnuts …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-513-6

Dragon Puncher (Book 3): Dragon Puncher Punches Back

Dragon Puncher (Book 3): Dragon Puncher Punches Back

by James Kochalka

The world has been waiting a full decade for a new installment in this Eisner award-winning series, and now it’s finally here! Let the battle begin… again! The world's cutest book series about a cat who punches stuff just got even cuter, because this time the dragon is a big cute baby one! …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-514-3

 

October 2022

Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story: The Graphic Novel

Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story: The Graphic Novel

by Edmund White, Brian Alessandro, Michael Carroll , and Igor Karash

A Boy’s Own Story is a now-classic coming-of-age story, but with a twist: the young protagonist is growing up gay during one of the most oppressive periods in American history. Set in the time and place of author Edmund White’s adolescence, the Midwest of the 1950s, the novel became an …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-508-2

Cosmoknights (Book Two)

Cosmoknights (Book Two)

by Hannah Templer

Pan has finally escaped her dead-end planet, piecing together a new sort of family with the rebel gladiators Bee & Cass and the mysterious hacktivist Kate. They’ve even rescued a princess… but what if this princess has her own ideas? Whatever happened to Pan’s childhood friend Tara? And if …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-511-2

 

November 2022

F.A.R.M. System

F.A.R.M. System

by Rich Koslowski

For every hero who saves the galaxy and makes the front page, there are a dozen staffers working behind the scenes… and a hundred up-and-comers hoping to take his place. F.A.R.M. System is your ticket to the hidden world of super-powered individuals hoping to "make the Big Leagues.”

In the …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-515-0

December 2022

Super Trash Clash

Super Trash Clash

by Edgar Camacho

It’s an age-old story: for her birthday, Dul wanted the hottest new video game, but her mom accidentally bought her Super Trash Clash... one of the worst games ever made. But years later, when older Dul finds a cartridge in a vintage store, memories come flooding back: simpler times when she …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-516-7

January 2023

Ashes

Ashes

by Alvaro Ortiz

“Álvaro Ortiz mixes The Sopranos, The Wire, The Bridges of Madison County, Paul Auster and David Lynch in a blender, and instead of mint leaves he adds a pinch of his morbid but amazing imagination, which gives the authentic flavor to the story. Oh, how I hate wicked Ortiz for his way of …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-517-4