Monday, April 23, 2018
The Almost Sisters
Comic book artist Leia Birch is experiencing a bit of writer's block when it comes to the prequel to her breakout graphic novel, Violence in Violet. Good thing she has plenty of other troubles to distract her. Leia's grandmother Birchie, matriarch of Birchville, Alabama, is beset with dementia; Leia's stepsister's picture perfect marriage is imploding; and, oh yeah, Leia herself just discovered she's pregnant from a one-night-stand with a Batman cosplayer at a comic con. As Birchie's last living relative, Leia heads to Birchville to attempt to manage the stubborn old woman and her stubborn best friend, as well as the rumors flying around the small town.
Even though I've never specifically in her shoes, there is something innately relatable about Leia as she struggles with taking care of the woman who spent her life caring for Leia, as she puts off telling people about her pregnancy, as she worries about the mystery man who fathered her child, as she deals with her type-A stepsister's meddling. This was a nice read that included some good racial insights, as well as plenty of unexpected nerdy references.