GRAPHIC NOVELS

Chlorine Gardens

Koyama. Oct. 2018. 128p. ISBN 9781927668580. pap. $12. mEMOIR
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OrangeReviewStarA ringleader possessed of a dry wit, Roberts (Sunburning) is surrounded by people with a similar affliction, such as husband Scott, daughter Xia, and her parents, chuckling sarcastically all the way from minor annoyance through major adversity, while occasionally revealing a deeper sadness. Even dog Crooky is a constant source of frustration, woefully indifferent to the needs of the humans around her. Keeping her sense of humor helps Roberts navigate upstream through moments including extended hospital stays, receiving a long-gestating diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, the death of a grandparent, or maintaining her sobriety, as well as more mundane mishaps such as taking an unfulfilling family trip or meeting with her quirky gynecologist.
VERDICT An unusually unfolded autobiographical farce with soul, this work is quite funny, and the personal nature of the witticisms help bind the events of the quietly touching narrative together and are what will remain stuck to your funny bone like peanut butter.

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