In Waves
In Waves

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Annotation: In this visually arresting graphic novel, surfer and illustrator AJ Dungo remembers his late partner, her battle with cancer, and the shared love of surfing that brought them strength throughout their time together.
Catalog Number: #209850
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 368
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-910620-63-7 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7605-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-910620-63-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7605-9
Dewey: 920
Language: English
Reviews:
Publishers Weekly
Dungo-s elegiac debut memoir recalls growing up, falling in love, and facing profound loss at a young age. Set in Southern California, the artist, as a teenager, gets into skateboarding and falls for surfer schoolmate Kristen. Their romance is interrupted when Kristen is diagnosed with bone cancer; even after losing a leg, she continues to surf. When she-s too weak to get out on the water herself, she accompanies Dungo and her brother to the beach and watches from the shore. Dungo intersperses memories of Kristen with a history of surfing, from its Hawaiian origins to the ascendancy of Olympic champion Duke Kahanamoku, to the innovations of surfboard designer Tom Blake. The muted color scheme alternates aquamarine with seashell peach. Through sweeping two-page spreads showing the texture of waves in decorative, woodlike patterns and through quiet interludes following Kristen-s ultimately tragic story, Dungo presents an evocative tone poem that celebrates the spirit of a young woman who clings to experience as tenaciously as a surfer riding high. Although the plot is slight, readers who appreciate the work-s meditative style will be moved by how Dungo fulfills Kristen-s dying wish: to live on through his art. (June)
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Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 7-12

A tale of love, heartbreak and surfing from an important new voice in comics. In Waves is Craig Thompson's Blankets meets William Finnegan's Barbarian Days.

In this visually arresting graphic novel, surfer and illustrator AJ Dungo remembers his late partner, her battle with cancer, and their shared love of surfing that brought them strength throughout their time together. With his passion for surfing uniting many narratives, he intertwines his own story with those of some of the great heroes of surf in a rare work of nonfiction that is as moving as it is fascinating.


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