Oh yeah, In the mail today I got (and then very swiftly read) Rutu Modan’s new graphic novel, The Property. I’ve been waiting for a new book by her for awhile. I really loved Exit Wounds, Jamilti, and her column for the NYT; I even did a presentation on her for a class.
Her linework and color are amazing, but most interesting are her stories. The Property, is about a young woman and her grandmother coming to Poland to reclaim property taken from the family by the Nazis, thanks to a law requiring that property be restored to the original family, assuming they can prove their claim. A lot of authors use simple stories to address larger controversial issues but Modan flips that. The controversial politics of Israel are merely the hook that allows her develop very sweet and human characters simply existing where those politics are a part of life.
The book found its way onto several “Best of” lists, and earned its spot. I’ve yet to be disappointed by anything by her, and you should definitely check it out.
(Also its a 222 page full color hard-back graphic novel, and it’s only $25, it’s a sweet deal)