Rosalie Lightning

Rosalie Lightning

A Graphic Memoir

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"ROSALIE LIGHTNING is Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tom Hart's beautiful and touching graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie. His heart-breaking and emotional illustrations strike readers to the core, and take them along his family's journey through loss. Hart uses the graphic form to articulate his and his wife's on-going search for meaning in the aftermath of Rosalie's death, exploring themes of grief, hopelessness, rebirth, and eventually finding hope again. Hart creatively portrays the solace he discovers in nature, philosophy, great works of literature, and art across all mediums in this expressively honest and loving tribute to his baby girl. Rosalie Lighting is a graphic masterpiece chronicling a father's undying love"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250049940
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL HART
Characteristics: 261 p. : chiefly black and white ill. ; 24 cm


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Sep 27, 2017

I was afraid to read this because I knew it would be incredibly sad. But, I'm so glad I did. I deserves all the praise and award nominations it's getting.

KateHillier Dec 21, 2016

This is one rough read. What do you do when your child dies? Especially one so young and so suddenly? Tom and his wife Leela face exactly this terrifying reality. The insanity, pointlessness, and hopelessness are all described in an abstract manner that makes some sense but at the same time is littered with something the reader can't understand and maybe the writer can't either.

It's a devastating book - I may have almost cried - but it was well worth the pain

ArapahoeLesley Nov 16, 2016

Wow. This is an amazingly affecting graphic novel about a father's grief. Utterly heartbreaking and beautiful.

ChelseaJM Jul 18, 2016

A brave and creative take on grief, via graphic storytelling. I picked it up not knowing what it was about, and found myself stuck half-way, but ultimately did finish this book and was better off for it.

Jul 12, 2016

Disappointing, ordinary drawings, and story didn't covey any emotions, I felt the parents were more concerned about the sale of their home.

Jul 11, 2016

Heartbreaking, haunting and ultimately healing.

ChristchurchLib Apr 18, 2016

In this memoir, acclaimed comics artist Tom Hart reveals his grief and despair at the death of his almost-two-year-old daughter Rosalie. Using a simple drawing style in emotive panels that range from bright and well-defined to gloomy and vague to nearly black, Hart evokes the wonder of Rosalie's short life and expresses his and his wife's dismay at her unexpected death.

stewaroby Mar 03, 2016

The author's daughter died before her second birthday and this is the story of what happened afterwards. It is almost unbearably sad but it is also an amazing piece of work. Publisher's Weekly says "incredibly moving and stunningly executed" and so it is. If I could give it more stars I would.


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