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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Geneviève Castrée on tour for SUSCEPTIBLE! A.K.A. a petite preview of a great book!

I first read a sample of Susceptible (in its original French!) way back in December 2011, and I was blown away by just those few pages. Now complete (and expertly translated by Geneviève herself), it's official: this is a beautiful, affecting work, the longest and most narrative-driven comic Geneviève Castrée's ever done. If you're familiar with Geneviève's work, you'll know that its fantastic, ethereal appeal is hard to quantify, and the same is true of Susceptible - it's movingly poetic, carefully wrought, and achingly real.

Susceptible details the childhood and adolescence of a daydreamer named Goglu, growing up with a young working mother, a disengaged stepfather, and a father who lives on the other side of the continent. Drawing, punk rock, and the promise of true independence guide Goglu to adulthood; all the while her family's daily chaos inevitably shapes her identity. Stripped to its core, Susceptible is a testament to the heartbreaking loss of innocence when a child is forced to be the adult among grownups. Genevieve has done a masterful job with this book. To read a few pages from it (in sequence), check out this preview.

Oh, and there's this, from someone a little more eloquent than I:

"With mesmerizing honesty Castrée resurrects the obscenely disorienting turning points of a childhood, the ones that haunt a person for a lifetime. After reading the last page I closed the book and wept a little bit about its simple, perfect ending." –Miranda July, author of It Chooses You and No One Belongs Here More Than You

And so, it is my delight to announce that, in February and March, Geneviève Castrée will be hitting Great Bookstores Near You on the east and west coasts of North America to celebrate the release of Susceptible. Books don't hit stores until Tuesday February 19th, but the lucky ducks in cities she's visiting will be able to get their paws on a copy before that! Find Geneviève at....

Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA: Friday February 15 at 7:30 pm
Quimby's, Chicago, IL: Saturday February 16 at 7 pm
The Beguiling, Toronto, ON: Monday February 18 at 7 pm
Librairie D+Q, Montreal, QC: Tuesday February 19 at 7 pm
Desert Island, Brooklyn, NY: Wednesday February 20 at 7 pm
Floating World Comics, Portland, OR: Thursday March 7 from 6-9 pm
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Seattle, WA: Saturday March 9 from 6-9 pm

You won't want to miss out on this one, folks. Susceptible is an early contender for the most beautiful, moving, and perhaps even inspiring book of the year!


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