An Age of License

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“[Lucy Knisley’s] observations are frequently laugh-out-loud funny … The title comes from the French l’age licence – the freedom to explore, experiment, and feel joy, all feelings beautifully captured here.” – Publishers Weekly

Acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley (
French Milk, Relish) got an opportunity that most only dream of: a travel-expenses-paid trip to Europe and Scandinavia, thanks to a book tour. An Age of License is Knisley’s comics travel memoir recounting her charming (and romantic!) adventures. It’s punctuated by whimsical visual devices (such as a “new experiences” funnel); peppered with the cute cats she meets along the way; and, of course, features her hallmark – drawings and descriptions of food that will make your mouth water.

But it’s not all kittens and raclette crêpes: Knisley’s experiences are colored by anxieties, introspective self-inquiries, and quotidian revelations – about traveling alone in unfamiliar countries, and about her life and career – that many young adults will relate to.
An Age of License – which takes its name from a French saying – is an Eat, Pray, Love for the alternative comics fan.

Praise for Knisley’s previous book, the
New York Times bestselling Relish (featured as an Amazon top ten of 2013, a Goodreads top ten and Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2013):

Relish possesses a poetic intensity and brevity that leaves the reader touched and haunted by life’s subtlest moments. Relish is by turns inspiring, witty, melancholy, surprising, and hilarious – in every sense a work of art."Boston Globe

“Knisley’s candid storytelling, deadpan humor, and clear-line storytelling make the book entirely accessible… like a giant bowl of spaghetti carbonara or a tower of huevos rancheros (recipes included) this is a book that teenagers and parents will savor in equal measure.” –
Publishers Weekly

“Thoroughly winning… There’s a real sense of joy to
Relish.” – The A.V. Club

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Comics Alliance

•Comics website and blog

“Catapult[s] the young, not-yet-thirty artist into a whole new level of cartooning success than she had been able to achieve with her previous work.”

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•Comic and graphic novel shop

“I do love a good travelogue! … [Knisley is] honest and heartfelt about her emotions without being remotely angst-laden or schmaltzy. Fans of Lucy’s previous work French Milk will undoubtedly see the leaps and bounds she has made in terms of her storytelling and art, whilst refreshing our mental palettes for the obvious passion she has for her cuisine and gourmet ingredients.”

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“Knisley (French Milk, Relish) continues to own the travelogue/graphic novel genre by bringing her characteristic humor and heart to this memoir of a summer in Europe. Created during a journey from a comics convention in Norway to the vineyards of Burgundy and a lover’s loft in Montmartre, the in-process method of writing and drawing her adventures as they happen gives a vibrant immediacy to situations and sensations.”