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Comics & Graphic Novels Biography & Memoir

Chicken Rising

by (artist) D. Boyd

Conundrum Press
Initial publish date
May 2019
Biography & Memoir
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2019
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D. Boyd takes an unflinching look back at a 1970s childhood plagued by insecurity, bullying, and family dysfunction. A shy only child, Dawn struggles to fit in. After starting a small town fried chicken franchise her war-vet father becomes even more emotionally inaccessible at home, and nothing Dawn does is ever good enough for her mother. School isn't much better: filled with misinterpretation, false accusations, and constant social challenges. Dawn's a true underdog - and this is the story of how she learns to find the good in the bad, and that fitting in isn't all it's cracked up to be.

About the author

D. Boyd grew up on St John New Brunswick and currently resides in Montreal. This is her first book.

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Editorial Reviews

"Both a precise portrait of juvenile anxiety and a New Brunswick of the 1970s that's as menacing as it is quaint, D. Boyd's debut graphic novel Chicken Rising is an egg-spert memoir in which the sky always seems to be falling." - Evan Munday, author of The Dead Kid Detective Agency series
"I totally dig D. Boyd's story about the big and small cruelties of Girlhood with a capital G in 1970's cigarette-smoky New Brunswick. A deftly drawn portrayal of the injustices suffered at the hands of caring older parents, only child stereotyping, and grade school drama. Nothing some Jeezly good fried chicken couldn't fix!" - Fiona Smyth
"Boyd captures pitch-perfectly the ordeal a great many of us have endured: the loneliness and utter frustration of being young and artistic in a place that doesn't want you to be either. Chicken Rising is part scrapbook, part shrink ray, and part time machine, capable of reducing you in stature, sending you back to your youth, and letting you relive the moments in between the photographs in your family album - the silly ones, the quietly painful ones, and the ones that there are no names for. A wonderful story." - Kris Bertin (The Case of the Missing Men, Bad Things Happen)

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