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The house

by Roca, Paco (Comic book artist),

Format: Print Book 2019
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Collection  First Floor - Graphic Novels
The graphic novel The House is at once deeply personal (dedicated to Roca's own deceased father) and entirely universal. Three adult siblings return to their family's vacation home a year after their father's death. They each bring their respective wives, husbands, and children with the intention to clean up the residence and put it on the market. But, as garbage is hauled off and dust is wiped away, decades-old resentments quickly fill the vacant home. Roca asks what happens to brothers and sisters when the only person holding the family together is now gone.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Award-winning Spanish comic book creator Roca draws the story of three adult siblings reuniting following their father's death. Coming together at their childhood country home, they find much of the house unkempt and in need of repair as they reminisce about their father's DIY-style. The upkeep of the premises has always been demanding, and now the distractions of work and new families regularly keep them away. However, the idea of selling the home threatens to erase part of their father's legacy and they struggle with the decision. The full-color drawings are professional and conscientious, but the storyline fails to achieve any major climactic action. Between flashbacks and visits from a elderly neighbor, the reader gets a sense of authenticity from the narrative, yet few lessons are learned aside from the fact that death is difficult in the best of circumstances. Though the audience for this title will likely be small, the work's sincerity and artful drawings should have special appeal for adult readers mourning their parents. A simultaneously released Spanish-language version is also available.--Katrina Spencer Copyright 2020 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Roca (Twists of Fate) examines grief as an overstuffed house that the bereaved must restore, rebuild, and, ultimately, let go in this touching and pensive ensemble cast graphic novel. Siblings Jose, Vicente, and Carla journey to put their family's vacation home in order after their father dies. They tease, bicker, and sift through his trophies, garden detritus, and unfinished projects as they confront unanswerable questions: Was their father proud of their accomplishments? And what do they want to do with the legacy they have been left? Roca forces his trio of protagonists to wrestle with the inscrutability of clues their father left behind, from his sun hat to the cracked and mildewed pool they helped him build as children (some remembering loving this labor, others resenting it). The cool-toned colors render even the most cozy parts of the home alien, and Roca depicts the plants and furniture in more detail than the cast of characters, creating a remove that mirrors their father's distance. In the end, Roca concludes that grief is an active process, one each sibling must move through alone, even as they try to join in decisions together. Though it doesn't close on a tidy moral, the reader is left feeling that hope lies with the living, despite the mistakes of the past. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Father and child -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Brothers and sisters -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Dwellings -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Reminiscing -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Comics (Graphic works)
Publisher Seattle, WA :2019
Contributors Rosenberg, Andrea, translator.
Language English
In English; translated from Spanish.
Description 127 pages : color illustrations ; 19 x 25 cm
ISBN 9781683962632
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