"...an aching clarity [is] evident in [Castrée's] sombre grey tones and her dexterous, serpentine lines."-Globe & Mail Best 100 Books of 2013
"With mesmerizing honesty Castrée resurrects the obscenely disorienting turning points of a childhood, the ones that haunt a person for a lifetime. After reading the last page I closed the book and wept a little bit about its simple, perfect ending."
-MIRANDA JULY, author ofIt Chooses YouandNo One Belongs Here More Than You
Goglu is a daydreamer with a young working mother, a disengaged stepfather, and a father who lives five thousand miles away. Drawing, punk rock, and the promise of true independence guide Goglu to adulthood while her home's daily chaos inevitably shapes her identity.Susceptible is a devastating graphic novel debut by GeneviÃ¨ve Castrée; it's a testament to the heartbreaking loss of innocence when a child is forced to be the adult amongst grownups..
GeneviÃ¨ve Castréewas born in Québec in 1981. Sometimes interdisciplinary, she is mostly known for her work as an illustrator and cartoonist. Impatient and lazy, GeneviÃ¨ve never officially studied "art". She has made a few books and has had a few exhibitions in places such as Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan. GeneviÃ¨ve Castrée lives and works in the Pacific Northwest. She also has a music project called Ã? PAON.
[Susceptibleis] a devastating coming-of-age graphic memoir.
Castrée's black-and-white, Scarryesque illustrations accompany tiny, precise cursive lettering that gives the whole work a whispered, confessional quality, as if each word were an embarrassing secret. At times, Goglu's story is overwhelmingly, heartbreakingly sad, but Castrée leaves a glimmer of hope: a redemptive future shaped by art, independence, and unconditional love.
[Susceptible]'s pervasive melancholy is still lingering with me, a reminder of why we really read: to feel things besides our own emotions.