NPR Lists The! Greatest! Of! Marlys! Among The Best Books of 2016

“NPR’s Book Concierge; Our Guide To 2016’s Great Reads” / NPR / Glen Weldon / December 6, 2016

Lynda Barry, who with unflinching honesty chronicled the interior lives of the three Mullen children — Maybonne, Marlys and Freddie — in her syndicated comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, is a gift to the world. In this best-of collection, middle child Marlys braves a host of petty pubertal travails and fleeting moments of pure, ecstatic joy. Barry's genius lies in getting us to see — and feel — the world around her characters acutely as they do: Her sense-memory of childhood is vivid, and she expresses it with a deeply evocative, low-fi poetry.

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