Friday, October 26, 2012

Unterzakhn / Leela Corman 202 p.

A graphic novel of twin Jewish sisters born in New York at the turn of the last century.  I'm always reluctant to evaluate graphic novels; I read too few of them to feel competent, and the art, even of those that are widely hailed as good, doesn't do much for me.  So...

Fanya and Esther live with their dressmaker mother and gentle, vague father in a rough and tumble New York.  Early on they come under the influences of other strong women who pull them in opposite directions, in which each experiences tragedy and loss.  More an exploration of the limited choices available to women of the period than a true Jewish story, despite the liberal sprinkling of Yiddish. 

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