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Off Season Hardcover – February 5, 2019
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“Off Season is a revelation… The soulful faces of Sturm’s nonhuman, all-too-human characters ask us to withhold judgment, hear out the other sides of the story.”―The New York Times
“Off Season’s subject is estrangement, political and emotional [yet] there is a sweetness here that both mitigates against the story’s existential sadness and deepens it, somehow. It democratises Sturm’s characters and, in doing so, reminds the reader at every turn that the US is growing ever less fair almost by the minute.”―The Guardian
“The ache of a specific sort of masculine longing and restraint is powerfully articulated [in Off Season,] a book that feels true to the current moment.”―The Boston Globe
“In sombre, grey-blue tones, Sturm captures the wintry, desolate mood of a world with Donald Trump ascendant. Powerless to effect change, facing down foreclosed futures, everyone in Sturm’s book feels, as the President is so fond of saying, ‘like a dog.’”―The Globe & Mail
“James Sturm’s spare, clean illustrations... offer glimpses through window panes onto a family’s life.”―The Chicago Tribune
“At the heart of the book, the humanism of the relationships and their aura of palpable hopelessness and also of lingering hope, rings with a gut-wrenching consistency.”
―The San Francisco Chronicle
“The unadorned style of Sturm’s drawing contributes to the book’s emotional tug, focusing our attention on the characters rather than the world around them.”―The Financial Times
“As the troubled characters stagger from crisis to crisis as if punch-drunk, the country experiences its own separation. It’s grim stuff, mostly focused on a single father who just can’t get a break and is, frankly, an idiot. The subtext is plain, yet thought-provoking.”―The Toronto Star
“This finely wrought, politically agitated graphic fiction recalls Raymond Carver, and speaks almost too painfully to the personal strife in today’s political climate.”
―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“What could feel like yet another Trump voter apologist pastiche becomes something much deeper and harder to bear, about loss and lost time. It was one of the first graphic novels of 2019 that I read, and definitely on my list of the best this year.”―PEN America
“Sturm doesn’t make the entire book about the election, but he maintains a strong political undercurrent throughout, reinforcing how partisan allegiances impact personal interactions even when no one is talking about the government.”―The AV Club
“Off Season, is a wintry domestic drama set against an economic downturn and snow. Lots of snow. The result is a punchy, beautifully crafted story that suggests a country in an anxious place.”―The Scotland Herald
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Hardcover : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1770463313
- ISBN-13 : 978-1770463318
- Dimensions : 8.43 x 1 x 6.35 inches
- Publisher : Drawn and Quarterly (February 5, 2019)
- Reading level : 16 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Off Season tells the story of a man in New England who recently split with his wife and is navigating a difficult work situation and a strained family situation. Sturm’s artwork sometimes seems simple, but it is layered with the characters’ emotion. Their reactions are true to life — far more real than in many other books I’ve read.
I cannot recommend this book enough.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)