Parenthesis OGN
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Parenthesis OGN

Writer: Elodie Durand Artist: Elodie Durand Publisher: Top Shelf Productions Release Date: February 10, 2021 Cover Price: $19.99 Critic Reviews: 3
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A triumph of graphic memoir, Parenthesis narrates the author's experience with tumor-related epilepsy-losing herself, and finding herself again.

Julie is barely out of her teens when a tumor begins pressing on her brain, ushering in a new world of seizures, memory gaps, and loss of self. Suddenly, the sentence of her normal life has been interrupted by the opening of a parenthesis that may never close.

Based on the real experiences of cartoonist Élodie Durand, Parenthesis is a gripping testament of struggle, fragility, acceptance, and transformation which was deservedly awarded the Revelation Prize of the Angoulême more

  • 9.9
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Feb 14, 2021

    Overall, Parenthesis is an engaging tome that guides the reader on a journey that would shatter most. The story by Durand is harrowing but ultimately, inspiring. The art by Durand is gorgeous. Altogether, a story in which the reader can more than appreciate this heros journey. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Colin Moon Feb 9, 2021

    Parenthesis is a book that will stay with you, however imperfect your memory of it will become. And, like Durand's lost time, perhaps it will inspire you to be a little more aware of the tenuous nature of living, of self, and of memory. Perhaps it will inspire you, as the experience inspired her, to be hungry for life. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Elizabeth Buck Mar 10, 2021

    Elodie Durand's autobiographical graphic novel gives more than just insight into chronic illness. At once uncomfortable and familiar, Parentheses takes the reader on a complicated emotional journey through illness and recovery. Read Full Review

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