Wednesday, September 14, 2011

An Elegy for Amelia Johnson by Andrew Rostan, Dave Valeza and Kate Kasenow

Amelia Johnson has lived a full life - not a long life, because at 30 she only has weeks left until her cancer kills her, but a full life. There are many people in her life who are important to her. Her two best friends Jillian and Henry are devastated by the thought of her death. That's what prompts them to honor one of her last wishes: to deliver taped messages to some of the people from their past. Henry, a filmmaker, and Jillian, a writer, frequently butt heads over how to best go about this task, and they're not prepared for everything they discover. In the end, though, they hope to create a proper elegy for Amelia Johnson.

Does one person ever really know another person? All the sides of them? Everything they've done? And is the way you know someone the way that someone else knows someone? Questions of identity, relationships, perspective and are at the heart of this book. When someone is dead or dying (especially someone young), there's a tendency to overlook any flaws they might have had and view them only in a positive light. But people are more complicated than that. I loved the artwork in this book; I loved how it captured expression and emotion in the face and body language of the characters.

See more at Archaia.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies
Janet & Me by Stanley Mack
Blue Pills by Frederik Peeters
Zen and Xander Undone by Amy Kathleen Ryan

No comments:

Post a Comment