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Patience Hardcover – March 21, 2016
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From School Library Journal
After his pregnant wife, Patience, is killed, Jack lives in misery for decades until he discovers a way to travel through time in hopes of stopping the murder. When Jack visits the past, he learns things about his wife and her years as a young adult that she has kept from him, including several physically violent and emotionally damaging encounters with previous men. While some teens will empathize with the despondent Patience, who feels like she is trapped by her circumstances, others will get caught up in the time chase. Clowes uses time travel as a vehicle to create vivid, mind-blowing images with a bright and colorful palette. With a classic like Ghost World under his belt, Daniel Clowes already has a legion of graphic novel fans, and although the subject matter differs here, his signature drawing style is recognizable. VERDICT This time-travel love story will pick up fans of slow-burning thrillers and graphic novels, especially those already familiar with Clowes's work.—Carrie Shaurette, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ
“Deeply felt and winding story of love and the limits of time nestled within an operatic science-fiction structure that is bursting with wild colors and page design.”
“Patience is incredibly captivating – a stunning marriage of text, image, and design, and a demonstration of Clowes' sheer mastery of the art of sequential storytelling. A must-have for any graphic novel section.”
“Disturbing, convoluted, darkly comic and just plain dark, the book itself is a thing of beauty. The book's self-awareness and sympathy make it more than just an exercise in the mixing of genres, but it's in this unabashed mixing that Clowes creates a story that is as transcendent as it is upsetting ― and affirming.”
- Chicago Tribune
“DAN CLOWES. American. A master. Perfect fusion of story and art. Clowes is an auteur. Period. A superb narrator. Patience is the rare time travel tale that fully delivers.”
- Guillermo Del Toro
“The greatest action in Clowes’s time-travel murder mystery isn’t the violence, surprise twists, or trippy visuals, it is whether Jack will choose to give into the lure of his past or accept the future he has created.”
“A world where time travel is as real as love. The humanity of this futuristic thriller is alarmingly palpable. It's final pages left me close to tears but filled with hope.”
- Lenny Letter
“A huge gorgeous slab of a book with drawings so sumptuous and vibrant I wanted to plaster them all over my walls.”
“A genuine, selfless love story that stretches out across space and time, and it isn't spoiling things to say you may well have your mind pleasantly expanded by the ending.”
“Some of the freakiest art Clowes has ever drawn.”
- New York Magazine
“Daniel Clowes's new graphic novel is a time-travel thriller filtered through his own furiously warped sensibility. ... Nobody draws reality curdling around its edges like Clowes... and Jack's all-devouring quest for vengeance mutates his story from a sci-fi whodunit to psychedelic psychological horror.”
- Douglas Wolk, Playboy
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A collectible, really.