House of Clay

Naomi Nowak’s second graphic novel features a plot that sounds like a romance cliche, as a young girl from a once wealthy family is forced to work in a sweat-shop to fund her way through nursing college. But in so doing, she moves to a small seaside town, falls in love, and finds friends in the rather unlikely figures of a mute girl and a card-reading old woman. The ethereal illustration, with its pastel colouring, swirls the story into a dream-like state, but also gives this strange romance a unique and softly sinister edge.

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