6.5 x 9
168 Pgs
$21.95 CAD/$19.95 USD

In modern-day Tel Aviv, a young man, Koby Franco, receives an urgent phone call from a female soldier. Learning that his estranged father may have been a victim of a suicide bombing in Hadera, Koby reluctantly joins the soldier in searching for clues. His death would certainly explain his empty apartment and disconnected phone line. As Koby tries to unravel the mystery of his father's death, he finds himself not only piecing together the last few months of his father's life, but his entire identity. With thin, precise lines and luscious watercolors, Modan creates a portrait of modern Israel, a place where sudden death mingles with the slow dissolution of family ties.

Exit Wounds is the North American graphic novel debut from one of Israel's best-known cartoonists, Rutu Modan. She has received several awards in Israel and abroad, including the Best Illustrated Children's Book Award from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem four times, Young Artist of the Year by the Israel Ministry of Culture and is a chosen artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation. Exit Wounds was the winner of the 2008 Eisner award for Best Graphic Album -New and was nominated for the televised 2007 Quill Awards in the graphic novel category.

Praise for Exit Wounds

Modan's spare, affecting lines and charged dialogue add up to a tragicomic take on family and identity.

Washington Post

Modan's expressive and eye-popping throughout. When words fail-or rather, when Modan resists igniting the narrative's political spark-her depictions of cafés, graveyards, and street scenes create a vivid portrait of a culture that's still alien in the eyes of the Western world.

Washington City Paper

Deft artwork and the theme of loss partially regained make this one of the most poignant books of the year. 

VIllage Voice

It's immensely readable, beautifully coloured, and richly detailed, but Modan's real triumph is her treatment of the characters.

Vancouver Courrier

This physically fraught[s] the fleet-footed, high-spirited plot of Exit Wounds, which is laid out in eloquent, perfectly composed matte panels.

The real glory of Exit Wounds is Modan's artwork. Her characters' body language and facial expressions, rendered in the gestural 'clear line' style of Hergé's Tintin books, are so precisely observed, they practically tell the story by themselves.

The New York Times Book Review

Produced in lavish full color, Exit Wounds is an enormously attractive book, and Modan's striking talent for scenic arrangement, her distinctive jolie laide humans and her snappy grasp of dialogue give an absolutely cogent picture of the weirdness of life in contemporary Israel.

The Independent

[An] excellent, searching examination of modern Israeli life.

The Guardian

The narrative keeps taking surprising but believable turns, and Modan avoids both melodramatic confrontations and tidy resolutions.

St. Louis Dispatch

It's hard to imagine that Modan's book is fiction. Everything about the Israeli cartoonist's work rings authentic...It's my favorite graphic novel of 2007.

San Jose Mercury News

Modan's art, like her writing, is technically sparse but emotionally rich.

Sacramento Bee

Modan is a deft and subtle storyteller, and her meditation on Israeli identity and the possibilities of love and trust [between father and son, woman and man] are finely wrought. Her loose, expressive drawing is both tremedously evocative and precise-always enhancing the plot. The stellar combination makes this one of the major graphic novels of 2007.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Perfectly melding the personal and the political, Exit Wounds creates a sense of a life lived in a time of war but never quite dominated by it.

Philadelphia City Paper

The real glory of Exit Wounds is Modan's artwork. Her characters' body language and facial expressions...are so precisely observed, they practically tell the story by themselves.

New York Times Book Review

A frank examination of human life during wartime.

NY Press

A gritty, stunning graphic novel set in modern-day Tel Aviv, where terror and love brush against each other every day.

New York Magazine

A novel that-in its classically clean visual lines and sharp, unsentimental portrayal of young love amid political turmoil- feels like a dream fusion of Hergé, Truffaut and Coetzee.

Montreal Gazette

The combination of styles is enthralling; the story is a mysterious journey that feels weighted with genuine regret and hope and the whole makes for a beguiling introduction [to American readers, at least] to an artist at the peak of the form.

MInneapolis Star-Tribune

Comic artist Rutu Modan doesn't mean to humanize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it just comes naturally...Modan manages to subtly illuminate the existential confusion that hangs heavy over life in a war zone.

Heeb Magazine

Warm, funny touching. Exit Wounds is specific enough in its look at modern Israeli life to seem unique, but universal enough in its characters and themes to be easily recognizable. It's one of the best books you'll read this year.

Harrisburg Patriot News

A rare triple threat of a book. Exit Wounds boasts superior, ligne-claire style (clear line) drawings harnessed to some top-notch writing...then wrapped in high-veracity narrative steeped in letter-perfect socio-political/psychological detail.

Edmonton Journal

Deftly combining realistic family portraits, a compelling mystery and a vivid sense of life in modern Israel, Exit Wounds is as plausible as it is unpredictable- and it's impossible to put down.

E! Online

Exit Wounds is the real thing. Modan brings you a world entire. The final panel of this tender and strange story offers an image half-hopeful, suspended in air. A wonderful book, and beautifully published to boot.

Daily Telegraph

[Exit Wounds is] a graphic novel set amid the chaos and despair of the Middle East that somehow, even in that contested place, achieves a kind of radiant calm. It's a love story. But it's a love story that emerges ina  region so beset by the agonies of war that simple human affection- the ordinary, boy-meets-girl story repeated around the world about a thousand times an hour-might seem beside the point. In Modan's hands, it isn't. Her tale reveals the sound beneath the sound: the love that can flourish just one layer down from the blood and destruction.

Chicago Tribune

Modan crafts a meditation on indentity in which representation of various generations intermingle, sex is a weapon, and politics nearly conquers love.

Boston Globe

An excellent storyteller, Modan balances plot and characterization well. Meanwhile, her art is intricate enough to fully evoke physical setting and cultural context.

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