Graphic Novel - 2015
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In a book that is part memoir, part travelogue and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their past and present selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's World War Two memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, compassion and fears, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by grandparents' frailty.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, Inc., 2015.
Edition: First Fantagraphics Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781606998106
Branch Call Number: GN 741.5973 KNISLEY
Characteristics: 156 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Alternative Title: Displacement : a travelogue


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KateHillier Nov 15, 2016

I love Lucy Knisley, just putting that out there. Displacement is a travelogue and a memoir both, something she has done before, but as with anything that actually happened it's just that much more fascinating.

Lucy's grandparents are old and ailing. Her grandmother has dementia and her grandfather isn't able to do a lot of things. They decided to go on a cruise and when no one else at their retirement home signs up Lucy decides to go with them to keep an eye on them. It's only a week but it reads like the longest week of Lucy's life and it certainly must have been.

In between trying to make sure her easily addled grandparents are happy and easily located, and in between worrying about her own mortality and being angry at how little her help her family is being at the moment, she reads her grandfather's memoir of WWII.

As always her simple illustrations and frank speaking work very well here in taking a common but specific experience and making it very accessible and relatable.

Aug 19, 2016

I was quite captivated by this and read it in one sitting. Love the graphics and found the story very interesting (perhaps more so because my mother just turned 90, and because I've also read Roz Chast's excellent Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?). One observation I found particularly telling: that perhaps it takes a generation of distance to care for the elderly. Being the child of an aging parent can cut close to the bone; grandchildren are so much farther from aging themselves that perhaps it truly is easier for them. I loved the relationship between Lucy and her grands - how caring she is with them. This was not a vacation for her, for sure, and one wonders why on earth the grands wanted to, seeing as they got so little out of it...?!

Aug 15, 2015

It took me a while to get into this book, and I didn't initially expect to like it. But eventually, the author drew me in. Granted, it is from the perspective of a 20-something, so the lessons learned are not as profound as may be found in a book by a more mature author. But the development of the relationship between grandparents and grandchild is beautiful and I thought the use of her grandfather's war memoir throughout the book offered a moving portrait of the person he was.

Aug 07, 2015

The ink and watercolour illustrations are attractive, but the story and dialogue are flat.


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