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Luba: the Book of Ofelia

Gilbert Hernandez last wowed critics in 2003 with his epic life's-work Palomar, collecting more than 20 years of groundbreaking comics that Booklist called "the most substantive single work that the comics medium has yet produced." In his first graphic novel in two years, Hernandez's Luba: The Book of Ofelia features the latest travails of Palomar matriarch Luba and her cousin Ofelia, along with their close circle of family, friends, enemies, and lovers.

Luba: The Book of Ofelia begins with Luba, Ofelia and company trying to acclimate to life in America, where Luba still has yet to learn English. When Ofelia decides to chronicle her life with Luba in a tell-all book, she discovers inspiration in Luba's young children - the one-armed Casimira, Socorro with the photographic memory, the loner Joselito and the silent Conchita.

Luba: The Book of Ofelia uses elements of Latino soap opera and soft-core porn, with touches of magic-realism, to tell the story of the changes that come with age and the unchanging need for sex and love, with the most vivid, memorable, and honestly depicted characters in comics.

Fantagraphics, paperback, 260 pages, published March 2006



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