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Was She Pretty? by Leanne Shapton
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Feb 05, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-pre-12-07, from-library, graphic-novels, memoir

This is a fascinating little meditation on exes and insecurity. Each page has a few sentences or a brief paragraph about an ex ("Colleen was Walter’s ex-girlfriend from med school. She loved to dance with men at weddings") and a scratchy portrait on the facing page. Shapton's drawing style reminds me a bit of some of Dave McKean's drawings, mainly in the shape of the face and the way the limbs are posed, but not in a derivative way.

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