Displacement

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“A 20-something cartoonist with a unique sense of humor sets off on a cruise to the Caribbean with her nonagenarian grandparents … A moving but also very funny meditation on time, age and grace.” – Kirkus Reviews

New York Times
best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic memoir series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book's watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.)

In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.

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

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“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.”

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“After her acclaimed travelogues French Milk and An Age of License, Knisley returns with a new travel memoir, this one focusing on duty rather than adventure … a reminder of the fragility of age and fleeting nature of youth.”

The Comics Reporter

•Comics website and blog

“The youth, liberty and possibility of Age Of License are transformed into a meditation on mortality and one's reflections on life as lived.”