Friday, September 27, 2013

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Lin and Andres Vera Martinez

A memoir graphic novel? This brilliant rendition of Na Lin's young life in China in the '70's offers readers a rare, autobiographical window into her life. Lovely.

The book begins with Mao's death and her family's actions and reactions. The story continues through a number of major life events, all when the author was young--maybe 5-10 years old throughout the 8 stories. The illustrations/graphics/comics captured me. The stories flow from one to another, some happy and some heartbreaking. The author ties in teachings from Confucius and how seeing her parents' hardships offered her an "easier way to build our own future."

Stories within stories, truths stacked within truths. Rich indeed.

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