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Late Bloomer Hardcover

C. Tyler
C. Tyler
This new book presents the biggest, richest and most delightful collection of Tyler's work to date featuring many new and previously unpublished works. In "Migrant Mother," Tyler tells the gruelling story of a cross-country trip with the flu and her terrible-twos toddler using her trademark combination of rueful humour and empathy. The full-colour "Just a Bad Seed" is a meditation on a problem child who might not be such a problem after all, while "The Return of Mrs. Kite" chronicles a family crisis, telling how her widowed grandmother fell in with a beau of questionable character.

"Gone" (in full colour) is a stirring meditation on all kinds of loss, and "Why I'm A-gin' Southern Men" is a classic rant that dissects that particular breed of males, or at least a certain subspecies of "ex"es with a pitiless wit. Other stories include "Sweet Miss Lee" (a reminiscence of an immigrant roommate and her fate), "There's Something Wrong with a Perfect Lawn" (a tale of suburban obsessions), "Little Crosshatch Mind" (where artistic impulses come from), and "Uncovered Property" (discovering the power of sexuality at an early age).

Tyler works equally well in delicately crisp black-and-white penstrokes and lushly watercoloured paintings (this book will feature over 30 pages of her stunning full-colour work). All told, the three-dozen stories here will cement Tyler's reputation as a cartoonist to be reckoned with.

Fantagraphics, hardback, 136 pages, published November 2005

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