In the midst of World War II, Leonora Carrington's lover, Max Ernst was captured by Nazis and died in a concentration camp. The tragic event caused Carrington's mind to unravel and she ended up being confined to a mental institution. Carrington's memoir is a slim volume and a compelling and horrific portrait of a woman's ordeal after losing a loved one to war. Written in a surreal but accessible prose, it is an essential account that takes you inside the mind of a woman unhinged by tragedy.
A truly tender and heartbreaking graphic novel about self and sexual discovery that does not read as gratuitous or exploitative in its depiction of lesbian love. Instead Maroh presents the narrative about these two women in love as one filled with the joy that accompanies rapturous love and the eventual devastation when it ends. Accompanied by equally moving artwork centered on the color blue, Maroh has created an intimate masterpiece worthy of inclusion among the great LGBTQ works in literature.
There is a particular difficulty in writing about the fictional journal of a fictional person while placing him or her in the proximity of historical figures and events. Boyd's Any Human Heart manages to do it well by deftly combining history and fiction without sacrificing one or the other. The novel is written in the form of a journal by Logan Mountstuart, and he recounts the arc of his life from an ambitious student to an impoverished has-been. In between, he becomes a writer, an art dealer, and a spy. He befriends Hemingway and earns the enmity of Prince Edward VIII. Boyd presents us with a rich tapestry about the life of one person and, by the act of writing, makes him real.