Buzzfeed Books reviews Present

Buzzfeed Books / Arianna Rebolini / October 29, 2017

Leslie Stein's graphic short story collection Present is a balm for loneliness, sadness, self-doubt. Stein's autobiographical comics aren't just beautifully rendered in dreamy watercolor; they're frank, charming, insightful meditations on daily life that manage to be sentimental but not cloyingly so. They also cover a lot of ground — the struggle of being an artist who has to balance work with day jobs, the awkwardness of dating, the ups and downs of navigating a relationship with parents as an adult, and the power in turning being alone from something to lament into something worth celebrating. I keep a copy on my nightstand for frequent revisiting. 
 

 

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