Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Complete Essex County

Author:  Jeff Lemire
Publication Date:  August 1, 2009
Publisher:  Top Shelf Productions
Pages:  512

Goodreads Synopsis:
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 roots with Essex County, an award-winning trilogy of graphic novels set in an imaginary version of his hometown, the eccentric farming community of Essex County, Ontario, Canada. In Essex County, Lemire crafts an intimate study of one community through the years, and a tender meditation 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 trilogy (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 Also included are over 40-pages of previously unpublished material, including two new stories.

This was an absolutely terrific graphic novel. It was beautiful and heartfelt. More than once I teared up from the emotions the story brought on. It's easily one of my favorite novels and near the top of my list of favorite graphic novels.  I think Lemire did an excellent job of weaving this intricate storyline where the characters were all connected and their stories tied together yet the stories were separate. It was just beautiful and I recommend it to everyone.


  1. I found it amazingly emotional as well. Glad you enjoyed it!