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Born and raised in a log cabin, Layla Lawlor has lived in Alaska most of her life, except for a brief detour to the Midwest. She currently lives in Fox, north of Fairbanks, Alaska, on eleven acres of gravel mining tailings and swamp, with her husband and a small menagerie of pets and farm animals.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Susitna Mythographics (October 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097173402X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971734029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,820,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Northern Reader on December 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a lifelong Alaskan, I've endured my share of books and films written by people who get off the jet, or worse yet just Google Alaska on the internet, write their Alaskan tale and smugly submit it to an unsuspecting editor.
From the first page, it is delightfully apparent that Layla Lawlor is not only a talented artist, but an insightful writer who really understands Alaska, past and present, and the complex individuals who make the 49th state their home. The story line is engaging and the dialogue is at turns thought-provoking and humorous. I couldn't put it down.
I'm not going to spoil the story for you. Suffice it to say that you might see a little of yourself or someone you know in this book while gaining inside knowledge of life in Alaska.
Appropriate for teens and adults.
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I'm generally not one for reading graphic novels, but this one sounded so intriguing that I decided to give it a try. I'm very glad I did.

'Freebird', contrary to the title, is *not* a story about Alaska in the 70s. It's actually a very poignant and humorous story about a contemporary woman who flees her stultifying life to go back to her home state of Alaska, in the hopes of rediscovering herself in the place where she was actually happy. Almost as soon as she arrives, she encounters--and is embraced by--a fascinating, warm and eccentric group of locals (all fairly typical of true Alaskans, I've come to understand), and not only manages to tame the local recluse, but finds love in the most unexpected place as well. I read it voraciously in one sitting, and smiled or laughed on almost every page.

Simply put, I loved this story. My only criticism is that the graphic novel's cover shouldn't mention the 70s on it, because that decade is only visited in a very few flashbacks, and might actually turn off potential readers who want something with a more recent setting. Otherwise, I honestly just wish it were longer, or that there might be a sequel revisiting these terrific characters.
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Layla Lawlor has created a genuine Alaskan story in comic strip form, complete with fully realized characters, engaging drawings that inform the reader of authentic Alaskan details, and a compelling plot. Rural Alaskans have been featured in numerous cheesy t.v."reality" shows that fail to capture the essence of the quirky, unique, independent people that live in the last frontier. Ironic that in a short strip format, Lawlor is able to introduce the reader to rural Alaska life and what it takes to survive and thrive in the beautiful/terrible Bitch Goddess' realm of dark and light. This book will make you laugh, admire the Alaskan spirit, and inspire you to listen more intently to the stories of the characters who inhabit your own world.
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