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Naomi Nowak
NBM Publishing
144 pages
February 2010
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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This graphic novel traces the interwoven story of Edmund, his overprotective mother, and a young woman named Sasha. It is also about the surreal, complex and confused relationships that Sasha experiences with her suitors, including her relationship (real or imagined) with Edmund.

Because of the minimal text, some of the early cuts back and forth in time between the characters as well as the almost dreamlike, hallucinatory nature of part of the storyline, the narrative can be seen as either challenging and mysterious or a little confusing. The illustrations depict some sexual and sensual imagery, and the author/artist’s affinity for nature is apparent in her prolific use of flowers and plant images.

The pastel-wash colors and images bespeak a soft, modern look, quite playing up the illusionary aspect of the story but contrasting the ‘edge’ of some of the storyline, such as the suspicion of the mother and Sasha’s toughness. Despite the engaging illustrations, the story itself can leave you unsatisfied or lost.

Graylight is suitable for grades 11 or 12 and higher due to sexual innuendo and imagery.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Maya Fleischmann, 2010

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