Brigid Alverson is reading Farm 54

Posted on April 18, 2011

“Where to begin? I came back from MoCCA with a stack of interesting comics, and then had a crazy busy week and wasn’t able to get too far into it. I did start reading Farm 54, which is a trio of semi-autobiographical short stories about growing up in rural Israel (which, oddly, doesn’t look that different from rural Indiana). Gilad Seliktar’s art is spare but depicts its subject well—I could almost feel the dry grass crackle—and the story is told in a flat, almost distant voice. The first story seemed to sort of float along, and then it hit me with a twist so powerful I had to put the book down. I’ll pick it up again, but this is not an easy book to read. It’s sort of like one of those New Yorker short stories, where it seems like nothing happens but really everything happens.”

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