I honestly thought I would be writing to you about Trillium (2014). A graphic novel I absolutely love and adore. As time drew near to wrap up this series, I found my heart leaning toward another Jeff Lemire book. My favorite Lemire book actually: Essex County.
Essex County is actually the compilation of three graphic novels and a short story:
- Tales From the Farm (2008)
- Ghost Stories (2008)
- "Essex County Boxing Club" (short from 2008)
- The Country Nurse (2009)
I could sum it up, but the book jacket really describes it perfectly:
This book made me smile, had me in tears, and captured my heart. When people ask me for graphic novel recommendations, this book is always at the top of the list. It is easily one of my top ten favorite books of all time. Plus with the snowy Canadian backdrop, Essex County is the perfect book to read over the holidays or anytime during winter. I do hope you will make this book a part of your life and be sure to share your experience in the comments below. Plus do not forget any of the previous books in this series: Pretty in Ink, David Bowie Is, and Landline.
I'll leave you with some pages from Essex County. I promise you will fall in love with both the story and Lemire's wonderful illustration style: