[ARC] Lydie by Jordi Lafebre, Zidrou, Albert Agut

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Camille, a young woman, gives birth to a stillborn child. The pain is enormous, inconsolable, and the only way to overcome it is to ask for a miracle. Two months after the birth Camille sees her daughter Lydie, back from heaven, but she is the only one able to see her.

Her neighbors think she has lost her reason, but what evil can do a nice gesture? Everybody begin to indulge Camille behavior and Lydie’s presence fills the neighborhood.

A delicate, beautiful story, both for the plot and the drawings.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Lydie by Jordi Lafebre, Zidrou, Albert Agut ★★★★★

*I read this book in english

Viviane by Julia Deck

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Viviane is a business woman in a company, and she is also the mother of a lovely baby girl. Despite this, she is depressed and insecure, so much to need the session with a psychologist: the separation with her husband is the last straw that forces Viviane to an emergency session with the doctor.

His patronizing way, the superficiality of the session will bring Viviane to an extreme violent act and then to run away from the murder scene.

This is how begins this short but deep novel where we follow the action and thoughts of a confuse woman who, to divert police suspicions, decides to encounter the other people potentially involved with the doctor’s death: his wife, his lover, a patient with violent issues who will share with Viviane their lives without hesitation. Left aside the murder, Viviane must manage also the communication with her ex-husband, now wanting to meet his child.

The reader is slowly engulfed by Viviane confusion, till the very end that will provide new insights on the story.

Julia Deck was able – despite the novel length – to create perfectly believable character that are accurately described, above all Viviane, more and more dragged by the events and her nervous issue, but also the other characters, the ones Viviane choses to meet and who share with her their story.


* Viviane by Julia Deck ★★★★☆

*I read this book in Italian

My Mommy Is In America And She Met Buffalo Bill by Jean Régnaud

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It’s a graphic novel about a very serious and difficult theme, the same dealt in I kill Giants but in a different way.
The point of view is of Jean, a child, and by his considerations the reader can meet the school, his friends and his family, as well as the absence of his mother; the “mother theme” is a difficult one for Jean, since he’s unable to answer when others ask about her.
The story unfolds, also with funny interludes, more to the disenchanted eyes of the reader than to the naive ones of the child.
I liked both the story and the drawings, I will suggest the reading both to adults and to children.

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* My Mommy Is In America And She Met Buffalo Bill by Jean Régnaud ★★★★☆

*I read this book in Italian

[ARC] The Moon sisters by Therese Walsh

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Jazz and Olivia are the two extremely different sisters in the novel’s title: the former one is practical and  pragmatic, the latter is a dreamer – also because of a form of synesthesia – and gives great importance to symbols and dreams.

The novel begins with the death of Beth, the mother of the two protagonists, an ambiguous event, that, after bringing confusion to all the Moon family, will bring Olivia to go to the Cranberry Glades to grant one of her mother wishes.

The narration follows the point of view of both the sisters, with sometimes the integration of part of letters wrote by Beth to her father along the years.

This alternation of POV allows to understand the different relation of the two with their mother, whose death both have to face and  overcome in their own way and the relation between the two sisters, extremely difficult because of their huge differences in behaviour.

It’s a  beautiful novel with profound meaning, the only issue is the fact it’s quite slow-paced in the central part (that could have been shorter), however the characters are alive and very well described and coherent with respect the context and their past history.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* The Moon sisters by Therese Walsh ★★★★☆

*I read this book in English