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Susceptible Hardcover – February 19, 2013
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“[Susceptible]'s pervasive melancholy is still lingering with me, a reminder of why we really read: to feel things besides our own emotions.” ―Paris Review
“[Susceptible is] a devastating coming-of-age graphic memoir.” ―CBC
“Castrée's black-and-white, Scarryesque illustrations accompany tiny, precise cursive lettering that gives the whole work a whispered, confessional quality, as if each word were an embarrassing secret. At times, Goglu's story is overwhelmingly, heartbreakingly sad, but Castrée leaves a glimmer of hope: a redemptive future shaped by art, independence, and unconditional love.” ―Booklist
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Goglu is just barely out of diapers when she begins to learn of her mother's drinking...and how to handle it. She and her mother are living in Quebec with her mother's boyfriend, while her father is thousands of miles away in British Columbia. There's quite a bit of pain tucked away in Castree's sparse panels, in which she beautifully captures the oddness and bewilderment of a childhood spent overcompensating for irresponsible adults.
Goglu is a daydreamer, and quite smart as well. She is tough and opinionated. Fascinatingly, she wonders about her own tendencies toward being drawn to sadness. It's something she struggles with, and she reflects on it often. Is she susceptible to it, as the title suggests? Or is she strong enough to become her own person?
Susceptible is only 75 pages, but it's one of those books that feels twice as long. The story is gripping and powerful, without dwelling in morbidity. Instead, it's a rather impressive debut that offers hope amidst its hard-hitting narrative.