A Memoir in ConversationsGraphic Novel - 2018
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Chicago Tribune * The New York Public Library * Publishers Weekly AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review * Time * BuzzFeed * Esquire * Library Journal * Kirkus Reviews
"How brown is too brown?"
"Can Indians be racist?"
"What does real love between really different people look like?"
Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob's half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything . At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she's gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love.
Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation--and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.
LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/OPEN BOOK AWARD
"Jacob's earnest recollections are often heartbreaking, but also infused with levity and humor. What stands out most is the fierce compassion with which she parses the complexities of family and love." -- Time
" Good Talk uses a masterful mix of pictures and words to speak on life's most uncomfortable conversations." -- io9
"Mira Jacob just made me toss everything I thought was possible in a book-as-art-object into the garbage. Her new book changes everything." --Kiese Laymon, New York Times bestselling author of Heavy
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Sexual Content: Heavy, graphic sexual references: Drawings of full frontal female nudity; people together in back seats of cars & beds (no nudity). Multiple times, main character goes out in public to find a stranger for a sexual encounter (one night stands). Frequent reference to sex life.
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