That’s a murky description for how Jeff Lemire’s career has taken him to places totally unexpected. The “Essex County” books represent such a. The Complete Essex County by Jeff Lemire, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. First Generation Films optioned the graphic novel and is developing a scripted series for Canada’s CBC.

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Essex County

All of these characters are living lives different than what they expected, and yet none of them really give up. What I loved the most was the way that these separate stories all eventually connected in the most unexpected ways.

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During those reads I realized that I’m into the more subtle, personal and even depressing stories. To ask other readers questions about Essex Countyplease sign up.

Critics At Large : Tragi-Comic: Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Trilogy

The first lwmire, Tales from the Farm introduces us If you had asked me a few months ago if I thought a graphic novel could break my heart, I would have said no. Learn how your comment data is processed.

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Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of May 21, James DeSantis rated it liked it. What is implicit though unsaid is very adult. There are many flashbacks and Lemire does a particularly impressive job of making characters both recognizable and realistic at all ages. The balance between human misery, sadness and small but powerful, heartwarming scenes and single moments is just remarkable.

You’re even shown Lester’s early attempts at comic making, influenced both by the superhero comics he reads, and by his jsff life.

The revelations in her family tie together the LeBeuf family and ties the trilogy together. This is what I asked for, and the response I got sounded like this: Thought the day, the sound of gunshots were played on loudspeakers to scare the birds away.


The last story, involving the ‘Nurse’ was the one I connected least with even though it was the most jfef among the three. I’d still advise anyone who wants a good story to read this, if you get attached to the characters you might end up loving it. Books by Jeff Lemire.

The setting is developed to the point that it becomes a character and he uses several plot devices that make it feel that the setting is living and breathing. Dec 10, Dan rated it liked it. Lemire shows a deft hand at capturing the emotions and expressions of his characters and the world that surrounds them with pen and ink.

Whether it’s the sound of a hockey stick on ice, or a bird in the wild, Lemire knows this landscape, and hailing from Essex County certainly helps. There was no suspension of disbelief here. He also has a dog named Lola, a rowboat, and once met Jimmy Carter. View all 8 comments.

The third book, “The Country Nurse,” takes us through the community and ties up some relationships with the historical account of how two ancestors of two of the families we already know arrived in Essex County. Tales from the FarmGhost Stories and The Country Nurseand the only superheroes or post-apocalyptic scenes in the story are buried inside the imagination of Lester Papineau, the sad and lonely young boy who wears a mask and cape through most of Tales from the Farm.

Their silent meals around the dining room table broke my heart. There was a lot of similarity between ‘Lester’ and ‘Lou’, mostly on the pleasant side, and for more than once in the surreal business of flashbacks I suspected the latter being the elder version of former. Dark and lost, deep and sad, you really felt the emotion from the characters. They’re stories about regular people living their lives, and I love seeing them in the comic medium.


Living with his uncle, who knows nothing about how to raise a child, the boy escapes into his imagination, where he is a superhero, as means of finding solace. Lemire’s artwork is nothing short of breathtaking. Don’t misunderstand, the reader need not possess insider knowledge to understand the story. Slow, atmospheric and with carefully dosed pathos. Oct 22, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lou and Vinnie LeBeuf’s final embrace, Lester and Uncle Kenny sitting down to dinner, Anne sitting at her kitchen table crocheting to Roy Orbison, and the final few pages with the crow.

Working in chiseled strokes of black, white and shades of grey, Lemire presents only the most basic elements of the landscape and townscape: Too much loneliness, too much despair, too many uncorrectable mistakes, too many miserable people making each other more and more miserable.

Two other shorter stories titled “The Essex County Boxing Club” and “The Sad and Lonely Life of Eddie Elephant Ears” are also included in the collection, and they are part of the world, but not directly part of the main story. Jul 14, Teresa rated it it was amazing Recommended to Teresa by: A dark secret splits these once close brothers so that they never speak for decades.

Two hours later, I closed the cover, feeling as though my heart had swelled in my chest. I’m not good at talking about art, but there’s a sparseness to it that fits the quiet nature of the stories perfectly.

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