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The Tenderness of Stones

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The Tenderness of Stones by Marion Fayolle
Hardcover $32.95
Sep 03, 2019 | ISBN 9781681372983

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Shortlisted for the 2020 Cartoonist Studio Prize, presented by The Center for Cartoon Studies and Slate

“Fayolle’s picture book panels teem with emotive hatching and cross-hatching, and wordless sequences swell with pathos, perched over cursive lettering by Dean Sudarsky, much like an illustrated, fantastical diary. Fayolle’s visual storytelling makes a profound statement about how people attempt to understand and respond to the process of watching a loved one being eroded and to accepting their mortality.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fayolle has brilliantly captured the stages of caring for a dying loved one and the confusion of emotions that accompany the process. Her memoir is a profound work of beauty and understanding as it narrates and depicts the process of illness and mourning. It calls out to be read again and again.” —Rita D. Jacobs, World Literature Today 

“Written during and about the decline of her father’s health, this book is a gentle and fantastic journal of the way that a terminal illness rearranges a body and a mind, a family and a home. . . . Despite the somber subject matter, Fayolle’s steadily plodding voice and whimsical illustrations dream for us a world in which the gloom is offset, at least for a little while, by softly smiling delight. . . . The lightness of her style cushions the unpleasantness she is trying to engage with, and her use of metaphor . . . speaks to the difficulty of looking the grisliest parts of reality directly in the eye.” —Neal Baker, Reading in Translation

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