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In February, Dark Horse released the historical graphic memoir Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Bryan and Mary Talbot. Both fans and critics have celebrated the book’s story and artwork. Earlier this week, Publishers Weekly named Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes one of their Best Books of 2012.
About Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes:
Part personal history, part biography, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes contrasts two coming-of-age narratives: that of Lucia, the daughter of James Joyce, and that of author Mary Talbot, daughter of the eminent Joycean scholar James S. Atherton. Social expectations and gender politics, thwarted ambitions and personal tragedy are played out against two contrasting historical backgrounds, poignantly evoked by the atmospheric visual storytelling of award-winning graphic-novel pioneer Bryan Talbot. Produced through an intense collaboration seldom seen between writers and artists, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes is smart, funny, and sad—an essential addition to the evolving genre of graphic memoir.
Praise for Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes:
“Talbot’s illustrations show exceptional dexterity in moving from the monochromatic past to the more colorful present, with the changing color palette suggesting the changing social climate for women. Those looking for a graphic memoir that provides an insightful study of how 20th-century sexual politics played out on the home front will be hard pressed to do better than the present title.”—Publishers Weekly
“Both narratives are elegantly done. Talbot has a keen eye for the revealing detail, an important skill if you are working in comics. She makes connections, but never labours them.”—The Guardian UK
“What really makes this book are the illustrations, from the simplicity of the cover to the perfectly captured emotions on the characters’ faces. These images bring the story to life in a very beautiful and unique way.”—We Love This Book