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3.26  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Roland has the perfect vacation planned for Fabienne - everything is organized, booked, and paid for in advance, with the entire itinerary recorded in a notebook. It's going to be a wonderful week where they can discuss their future together.

But before they can even get their luggage to their rental, Roland is decapitated in a freak accident. And Fabienne, stunned and
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Lion Forge (first published May 2nd 2018)
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Sam Quixote
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
An engaged couple holiday at a coastal beach town – and then a strong wind sends a metal sign flying the chap’s way, decapitating him! That old chestnut, eh? Why do all these stories start the same way!? I’m just joshing of course but the laydee decides to… Stay (oho!)… in the town and have the… Stay (ohhh twice!)… that her dearly decapitated planned her to have anyway – I guess we all deal with grief differently? She meets a local eccentric called Paco who, after finding out who she is, decides ...more
Etienne
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-acheter
Weird premise for sure but a very good story about love, friendship and way to deal with grief. I really enjoy this comic book, that for some reason speak directly to my soul!
Chad
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-2019
A lot of French comics tend to be like this, a slice of life. This one just has a morose beginning. A woman's fiancee dies in a freak accident as they begin their vacation. The woman can't deal with it and decides to continue her vacation while trying to ignore her despair. It's OK if you're into the sorts of comics where not much happens for the majority of it.

Received a review copy from Lion Forge and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
La Coccinelle
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is the kind of book that makes me feel stupid. And I don't read to feel stupid.

Fabienne's partner, Roland, gets his head rather graphically cut off in the first few pages, and the rest of the story is about her dealing--or, rather, not dealing--with her grief. She decides to stay and enjoy the vacation that Roland had planned for them, refusing the funeral and even telling her mother that she's not traumatized. (Yeah, right. She was holding his hand when his head came off. How could she not
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Mathilde
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wouaaaouuu cette BD est incroyable, on a besoin d'un peu de temps pour la digérer.
Elle est assez épaisse, pourtant, elle se lit très rapidement, car au final, il y a très peu de dialogues et tout passe par le dessin.
Je partais du principe, lorsque je l'avais feuilletée, que cela allait être une lecture estivale et donc légère, certes elle se passe pendant l'été et a pour thème secondaire les vacances, mais elle est loin d'être légère !

Les auteurs réussissent merveilleusement à faire passer de l’
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Electra
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Aucune émotion ressentie à la lecture de ce roman. je suis passée totalement à côté ! Le dessin m’a plu par contre.
Vinny —☽.。* Artsy Draft
I'm starting this ARC with the biggest interest and curiosity, because why wouldn't I when the synopsis said 'But before they can even get their luggage to their rental, Roland is decapitated in a freak accident. And Fabienne, stunned and alone, has no idea how to process it.'. Yes, I want to know what happened and how decapitated can be involved in this beautiful and lovely covered book.

Unfortunately, nothing happened. Yes, it took me by surprise that with only nine pages in, this person was
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Ije the Devourer of Books
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A woman goes on holiday with her fiance. Unfortunately just when they get to the resort her fiance is killed in a freak accident. Despite this shock, the woman who is called Fabienne, decides to continue with her holiday, following the daily plans that her fiancé had arranged. She avoids phone calls, avoids the funeral and also avoids her fiance's brother and telephone calls from her parents. She cuts herself off from everyone who knows her.

Fabienne doesn't show any outward signs of grief or
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Siina
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I kind of knew what to expect with Trondheim, but the beginning of this comic was still...a shock. The comic tells the story of this couple or a frame in time in their lives that goes awry. Roland has booked a trip with surprises to him and Fabienne, but gets decapitated in a freak accident by the beach (!). Now Fabienne is by herself, but wants to experience the vacation and doesn't attend the funeral. Fabienne is so out of it that it's perfect really. She wonders through moments, but is ...more
Zéro Janvier
Une bande dessinée magnifique, à la fois par la forme (les dessins sont très jolis) et par le fond (l'écriture est excellente). Tout part pourtant d'un événement tragique : quand un touriste meurt le jour de son arrivée sur son lieu de véligiature, sa compagne décide contre toute attente de rester toute la semaine pour vivre les vacances qu'ils avaient prévues. La suite est sublime, avec une finesse d'écriture rarement atteinte en bande dessinée.
Suzytornade
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une BD très touchante qui décrit bien l'état de sidération d'une personne qui vient de perdre un être cher, dans des circonstances peu habituelles. La vie paraît ralentie et continuer sans vous, alors que vous êtes sur une autre planète. Elle décrit le processus de deuil ou tout du moins sa mise en route. C'est une belle aventure humaine malgré tout, pas trop "plombante" malgré la thématique ; les dessins sont beaux et frais, en relation avec le cadre de la BD (Palavas pendant les vacances ...more
Blair
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting, emotionally distanced account of a woman dealing with sudden and unexpected loss and who seems to repress it by one of France's great cartoonists (just writing here, not doing the artwork himself).
Jefferson
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated and thoughtful.
Gagou Schndr
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intime et poétique mais empreint de simplicité, ce roman graphique/BD m'a touchée.
Christoph
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
„A Toast: To Strangers who cross paths and never see each other again.“

„That‘s a lot of people.“


Grafisch schön.
Erzählerisch skurril, irritierend & bewegend.

Wohl Trondheim‘s ruhigste Arbeit.
Kelly
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
A story about grief and loss that's curiously devoid of emotion.

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

Fabienne and her fiancé Roland are on the first day of a week-long vacation abroad when he's killed in a freak accident - decapitated (and rather cleanly, mind you) by an errant metal sign on a windy day. (I know.) In a haze of denial and trauma, Fabienne decides to continue on with the meticulously planned itinerary Roland made for them, rather than accompany
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Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Jul 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I didn’t read the synopsis before reading the story, and that left me extremely confused. Firstly, this story is very weird on its own, but for it to not be able to support it’s own plot, that makes it even stranger. I shouldn’t have to read the synopsis to get what the story is about. I felt like the main character’s reaction to the sudden death of her boyfriend (not a spoiler, as it happens on the first or second page and is, in fact, in the book’s description) was very odd and just extremely ...more
Theediscerning
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quietly engaging book, and one I would have certainly expected from Europe Comics and not the actual people who have translated and presented it. A young-ish couple on holiday at the seaside can't even book in at their rented apartment before he's dead, in what is both a startling and a PG manner. She then is left – left to fend off her mother and his relatives who can't understand her attitude, fend off an incessantly barking dog, and to fend off the seeming attentions of a long-haired older ...more
Cass Winters
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had an ARC of this from Edelweiss. I received it in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own, which if you know me this is very true.

I wondered if this was a translated book because some of it did not make active sense to me. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had understood everything that was trying to be conveyed on the page. The story though is one that I was sure I would enjoy. It deals with trauma and trying to keep going on. There were moments though
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Bruce
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel that begins with a tragedy. We see how the affected person works through this, and she decides to stay and complete the trip without the lost loved one. The pictures tell all, and if you stop and consider each one carefully, that will help to understand the grieving process, and how she works through it. Recommended
Sarah
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
2.75 stars

"Stay" had an interesting premise but didn't really keep me interested or invested in the story. The illustrations were nice, but the storyline overall just didn't keep my interest.
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