Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What turns two brothers from an unstoppable team into a pair of bitterly estranged loners? How does the simple-hearted care of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything heal the wounds caused by a century of deception?
Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire pays tribute to his rural Ontario roots with the book Essex County, an award-winning trilogy of graphic novels set in an imaginary version of his hometown, the eccentric farming community of Essex Country, Ontario. In Essex County, Lemire crafts an itimate study of one community through the years, and a tender mediation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a young artist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free.
This new edition collects the complete, critically-acclaimed trily (Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse) in one deluxe volume! Also included are over 40-pages of previously unpublished material, including two new stories.
Praise for Essex County
A Canada Reads - Top 5 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade
Winner - American Library Association's Alex Award
Winner - Doug Wright Award
Winner - Joe Shuster Award
"A rich tapestry... Mr Lemire infuses his characters with vivid details that make them burst to life." - George Gene Gustines, The New York Times
"This is the comics medium at its best!" - Booklist Starred Review
"Essex County is a tremendous achievement... This heartfelt piece of graphic literature surpasses its form to stand as an eduring example of the finest in Canadian literature..." - Darwyn Cooke
About the Author
Jeff Lemire is one of the most impressive cartoonists to emerge in the last several years. His graphic novel trilogy, Essex County, has been a well-deserved critical darling, and continues to amaze anyone that picks it up. Lemire's expressive ink work, moody storytelling, and a surprising sense of humanity is not to be missed. He lives in Toronto.