Gerda, an old lady living in an old peoples home, is looking out at the stars. She is considering wether she had a happy life or not. While she tries to master living in her final new home, she remembers her youth in the 1960s, her excitement for astrophysics an area that was pretty much off limits for women then, some hard choices she had to make during this sommer of her life: Having to decide between her love to her husband and a career abroad…
I do have a soft spot for old ladies having grown up with my Grandmother and this wonderful graphic novel has totally torn me apart. I loved the story so much and especially the exqusite drawings by Barbara Yelin.
I bought the book last year at the „Markt der unabhängigen Verlage“ in Literaturhaus in Munich as a Christmas present for my wife and the illustrator was there and actually made a wonderful little personal drawing for it which made it even more special.
You can’t go wrong with this one, it really is a perfect gift. Check out Alison Bechdel’s „Fun Home„, Apostolos Doxiadis‘ „Logicomix“ and Marjane Satrapi’s „Persepolis“ for more inspiring graphic novels.
Are you a fan of Comics, Graphic Novels or Mangas? Any more recommendations for me?
„Der Sommer ihres Lebens“ erschien im Reprodukt Verlag.