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Atlanta : Top Shelf Productions 2011.
Main Author
Ludovic Debeurme (-)
Other Authors
Edward Gauvin (-)
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Prix René Goscinny, 2006
Contents unavailable.
Review by Booklist Review

Lucille is an angry divorcee's daughter, Arthur an alcoholic fisherman's elder son. She develops anorexia, while he resists his father's efforts to get him on a fishing crew. They meet in a hospital where she's a patient, and he's with his father. After she's home, and he's delivering for a pharmacist, they really meet. By then he's Vladimir, because of a family tradition of the oldest son assuming the father's name when the father dies; Arthur's father has killed himself (just as his own father had before him), and Arthur cut the hanged body down. A relationship with Lucille develops, they run away to Italy, and he finds work at a vineyard while she slowly starts eating again. They become tender lovers, but when the vintner's son accosts Lucille, Vladimir/Arthur reacts so as to suggest he is truly his father's and grandfather's scion. Debeurme employs a thin, freehand line and minimal detail within frameless panels, like Jules Feiffer or Anders Nilsen (Dogs and Water, 2004), but to tell, very affectingly, a naturalistic story of troubled teens that will be continued in Renee, publishing first in French this year.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

Lucille and Vladimir grow up wounded youngsters in a French fishing village, Lucille anorectically rebellious against her standoffish mother and the slights suffered as a plump little girl, and Vladimir an uneasy bully who must coax his hard-drinking fisherman father home from the bars-a violent dad who hangs himself after a fight with a neighbor. Meeting by chance, the teens form a quick and surprising bond and run away together. Their developing romance falters from their wounds, and Part 1 ends after a crisis. Debeurme uses fine-line simplicity to portray his characters, who initially appear rather one-dimensional. But as the story develops, the characters become more complex and the art more gracefully realistic, tracking Lucille and Vladimir's maturation into a larger world. VERDICT This coming-of-age story won several European awards upon its publication in France in 2006, and Top Shelf's translation marks Debeurme's English-language debut. It evokes great sympathy for its characters, young and old. While the art works, a partial color wash as per the cover would have enhanced the interior. A readalike for Craig Thompson's Blankets; owing to nudity and sexual content, for older teens and adults. The sequel, Renee, just appeared in France.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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