Generations (Paperback)Mark S. Smylie (editor)
Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 24/10/2017
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After three years in Milan, Matteo returns home to the provincial country town where he was born and from which he had fled. Coming out as a young gay man in a provincial country town had led to ugly clashes with his conservative father, and the urban metropolis of Milan had been a welcome change from the stifling small town life of his childhood and the anger and bewilderment of some members of his family. But now, Matteo finds himself with little choice but to return home, with no money, no job, and an uncertain future, like so many other young people of his millennial generation. Afraid of encountering his estranged father, he instead takes refuge with his extended family, at a house shared by his grandmother, three aunts, and his very pregnant cousin. As he tries to rebuild his life, reconnecting with the women of his family and old hometown friends, he warily confronts a few truths about the other generations of his family-from their bigotry to their love, and tolerance, and acceptance-and a few truths about himself, including his fears of confrontation and commitment.
Publisher: Lion Forge, LLc, The
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 226 x 170 x 15 mm
COMICS WORTH READING -- Generations is the first graphic novel by Flavia Biondi translated from Italian to English, and it's a strong debut. Matteo ran away from home three years ago to Milan, but now he's slinking back to his small country town to live with his grandmother and his three aunts. He's embarrassed that his life hasn't been working out as planned, he feels like a failure, and he hasn't spoken to his father because Matteo doesn't believe dad accepts his coming out as gay. The art is European, which means to me detailed, with a focus on character expression and unspoken feelings. Yet it's unique in style, without too many fiddly bits, focusing only on what's important to tell this story and establish these people as substantial and relatable in a fully realized environment.
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