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MOTHER COME HOME

ISBN: 9781560979739, Title: MOTHER COME HOME
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Mother, Come Home is Paul Hornschemeier s piercinggraphic-novel debut, long out of print and now available for the firsttime in hardcover. It secured the cartoonist s place as one of hisgeneration s most skillful and ambitious practitioners, and proved aharbinger of the subject matter that the artist would go on to exploremost consistently in later work: the nuclear family.

Mother, Come Home quietly studies the inner lives ofrecently widowed David and his 7-year-old son, Thomas; both are unableto deal with their grief directly. Thomas, protected by a lion s maskthat his mother gave him, constructs an identity for himself as thegroundskeeper: ritual and routine, already important to children thatage, become paramount to him. He struggles desperately to keep upappearances while his father, a professor of symbolic logic, becomeslost in abstractions. Father and son begin to retreat into theirfantasies, but only one emerges.

Mother, Come Home is masterfully drawn: Eisner-, Harvey-, and Ignatz-Award-nominated Hornschemeier s controlled brushwork isclean, and his nine-panel page layouts pace David s inexorable descentinto utter despair. Hornschemeier is equally precise when it comes to Mother, Come Home s color palette: subdued but warm, which suits the story s melancholy and contemplative mode. Mother, Come Home is a powerful work with universal themes of anguish and loss.

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  • Publisher:W.W. NORTON & CO NATIONAL BOOK
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13:9781560979739
  • ISBN-10: 1560979739