Home After Dark

Home After Dark

A Novel

Graphic Novel - 2018
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Thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt, abandoned by his mother, follows his father to dilapidated 1950s Marshfield, California where he is forced to fend for himself against a ring of malicious bullies.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
ISBN: 9780871403155
Characteristics: 399 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Mar 26, 2019

Drawings good, but story isn't convincing, childish tone.

Hillsboro_StephanieC Dec 19, 2018

Small has the incredible talent of illustrating the hope and the heartbreak in the smallest moments of our lives, and for capturing with brutal emotion the horrible experiences that define us.

In HOME AFTER DARK, a graphic novel, and not a memoir, it should be noted, Small introduces Russell, who, at age 13, is entering what will surely be some of the most difficult years of his life. Family, friendship, loss, compassion, identity -- all are laid bare on the page as we hope and suffer with Russell. An absolute wonder, even more so due to its difficulty.

Dec 07, 2018

Very well done - despite being largely wordless, the depth of emotion captured by Small is incredible - but it’s an uncomfortable read that touches on some very dark subject matter.

multcolib_karene Oct 03, 2018

David Small does it again! A painfully honest, poignant story with a dash of hope at the end.

Oct 01, 2018

First my bias. David Small and I were good friends during our teenage years. I remember his great sense of humour, more than his cat doodles, which evolved into his award winning children's books' illustrations.
Now the book. It's so beautiful, that the sad story of one American adolescence is saved from being depressing. It is cinematically emotional. But it draws you in and, from the safe distance of being a spectator, gives you a thrilling ride through an entirely possible American coming of age. David has taken graphic novels to a new height. This book is Pulitzer Prize worthy.
I didn't want it to end. David may wish to retire. He's given so much, that he deserves a rest. Still I'm hoping for a sequel.

OPL_KrisC Jun 14, 2018

A graphic novel about growing up as a young boy in 1950s California. Shocking in parts and also heartbreaking in others.


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