First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.
HOLY MOTHER OF EVERYTHING.
This graphic novel/comic, whatever you wanna call it, is everything. Seriously.
Summary: This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.
At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.
The artwork was stunning. Seriously, the ARTWORK.
The writing was so engaging. The story itself. From the first page on until the very end, I just felt all the feelings that a person can have. I never had that with a graphic novel, but this one really went very deep and was just so real.
I highly recommend this story to everyone. No matter if you like graphic novels or not, no matter if you like non fiction or not. This book, this story is such an important one. And it's such an emotional ride. READ IT.