ALISON BECHDEL MEETS ANGELA CARTER: This is a graphic memoir that uses fantastical, metaphorical elements—little fears (“the fears that gnaw”) that sit on your shoulder, talking shadows, boyfriends who magically disappear—to convey deeper emotional truths.
BEAUTIFUL PACKAGE: Paper over board, endpapers, and flashes of color throughout—the book will be a gorgeous, gifty object.
AUTHOR PLATFORM: 111,000 Instagram followers, with many prominent artists and writers among them.
AUTHOR VISIBILITY: A regular contributor to THE NEW YORKER. She draws two comics a week for The Stranger, and one every two weeks for Catapult.
DISTINCTIVE STYLE: Liana’s art is unmistakable. Every panel has a deceptively simple style, with a propulsive energy and a poignant quality that lures you in and shakes you up.
THE RISE OF THE GRAPHIC MEMOIR: Marjane Satropis’s Persepolis (over 540,000 copies sold) and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home (over 220,000 copies sold) were both commercial successes. Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese sold over 224,000 copies and was a National Book Award finalist.
“In its ambition, framing, and multiple layers, [Passing for Human] raises the bar for graphic narrative. Even fans of [Liana Finck’s] work in the New Yorker will be blindsided by this outstanding book.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A sure hit for readers of graphic memoirs, this explores feeling different while recognizing sameness in others and making art while embracing being a work-in progress oneself.”—Annie Bostrom, Booklist
“Alienation is both blessing and curse in this elegant graphic memoir of being the odd woman out…. Finck’s whimsy acts as a microscope to better understand family, romance, and isolation. This story is as tender as it is wry…. Becoming human is a lifelong task—but Finck illustrates it with humor and panache.”—Publishers Weekly
“Passing for Human is one of the most extraordinary memoirs I’ve ever read. It’s a story about becoming a person, about creativity, about love, all told with originality and grace. An amazing, amazing book.”—Roz Chast, author of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
“If even for a minute, somewhere along the way, you’ve wondered whether you may have been uneasily zipped into a human body, you need this book, a magical, moving, twelve-dimensional tale of fugitive soulmates and fugitive souls. No one draws like Liana Finck, and no one enchants like her either.”—Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra
“Liana Finck has crafted an inventive, one-of-a-kind memoir that’s as heartfelt as it is unpredictable.”—Adrian Tomine, author of Killing and Dying
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