GRAPHIC NOVELS

Giant

NBM. May 2020. 120p. ISBN 9781681122533. $24.99. Rated: Teen+. historical fiction
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In the early 1930s, New York’s Rockefeller Center is slowly being erected one piece at a time by the labor of men working long hours under dangerous conditions high in the sky. One such laborer is known simply as Giant. The mysteriously laconic man tries to keep his painful Irish past hidden as he buries himself in his job. When a fellow worker takes a fatal plunge from the top of crane, a final payout from the union is given to Giant to send to the man’s widow back home, along with news of her husband’s fate. Before mailing on this final tragic bundle, Giant reads a note in the man’s belongings from his wife, Mary Ann. Touched by her sincerity, Giant resolves to write her back in the guise of her husband instead of relaying the truth. Little does Giant know that his words touch Mary Ann as well, so much so that she sets out to reunite with her husband by coming to America, not knowing his true fate.
VERDICT French Canadian creator Mikaël constructs a heartfelt, minutely detailed, and beautiful epic about the everyday lives, loves, trials, and triumphs of hard-working laborers, the immigrant experience, and finding forgiveness. [Previewed in Douglas Rednour’s Graphic Novels Preview, “Picture This!” LJ 4/20.]

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