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Essex County

This critically-acclaimed graphic novel was selected as one of Canada Reads’ Top 5 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade (and won the People's Choice vote in a landslide)! It is also the winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the Doug Wright Award, and the Joe Shuster Award.

"A rich tapestry ... Mr. Lemire infuses his characters with vivid details that make them burst to life." -- George Gene Gustines, The New York Times

"Jeff Lemire's Essex County trilogy represents one of the most remarkable recent achievements in indie comics: three interlocking graphic novels about the mysteries and melancholy of a small Canadian farming community, rendered in a distinctive style and turned out surprisingly quickly." -- The AV Club

"Essex County is a tremendous achievement ... This heartfelt piece of graphic literature surpasses its form to stand as an enduring example of the finest in Canadian literature." -- from the introduction by Darwyn Cooke

"The subtle inter-weaving of Jeff Lemire's Essex County Trilogy is brilliant and constantly surprising. The cumulative impact left a lump in my throat." -- Jeff Smith, creator of Bone and RASL

"These three books on Canadian lives are individually striking, and cumulatively stunning." -- Paul Gravett, author of Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life

"This is the comics medium at its best." -- Booklist (from one of three starred reviews)

Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What could change two brothers from an unstoppable team into a pair of bitterly estranged loners? How does the work of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything heal the wounds caused by a century of deception?

Set in an imaginary version of Jeff Lemire’s hometown, Essex County is an intimate study of an eccentric farming community, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a cartoonist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free. -- a 512-page softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 6 1/2" x 9", Diamond: JUN091069


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