The first graphic novel to be a contender for the CBC “Canada Reads” competition, Essex County compiles three novels by Jeff Lemire, telling the tale of three generations of the LeBeuf family living in a farming community in Ontario, Canada. Love, grief, filial estrangement and reconciliation, buried family secrets; and of course, the integral sport of hockey find their way to the reader through emotions conveyed in spare yet rich drawings of black & white. Unlike the descriptive power of the novel or the visual display of film, a good graphic novel provides a little of both, leaving enough room for the reader to enter and pace the story to their own heart. This is a good graphic novel.
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by Hal on March 16th, 2011