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"When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. An indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake news climate"
Publisher: [Montreal, Quebec] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2018.
ISBN: 9781770463165
Characteristics: 203 pages :,illustrations (chiefly colour) ;,25 cm.


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Jun 28, 2019

Nick Drnaso's second graphic novel begins deceptively simple. The plain, minimal style of the art seems pointed and satirical, like this is an expose of the emptiness and sterility of middle class white America, However, as the story unfolds, it becomes something more than that. The life led by people inside their cell phones. email, social media, and some talk radio, becomes is a disturbing sort of trap explored in a way that I have never quite encountered before. It is most convincing and truthful, but it is never preachy, which makes it particularly powerful.

Jun 18, 2019

Absolutely wrecked me.

KHCPL_Doug May 22, 2019

This won the Man Booker Prize, and was on the long list of titles for our Howard County Reads. I loved the story and the pacing and the intensity of the book. The story is a long question about grief and murder in today's conspiracy driven society. The art was lackluster. Too cartoony so I lost a lot with the too basic illustrations and static panels. That said, the layout of the panels, and how the author uses them was absolutely genius. It builds horror and suspense and a deep emotional tie to the story. It really is something just a little different in the graphic novel medium, and well worth reading.

This is a textbook of paranoia, but the question isn’t whether you’re paranoiac, it’s whether you’re paranoiac enough.

Jan 24, 2019

A story relevant to our current time and state. Though the drawing style wasn't entirely to my taste, the use of color is beautiful-- Drnaso is clearly a talented artist and story teller. I love the format of the graphic novel to allow for space/silence/emptiness, and it's used well in this book.

DPLjennyp Jan 06, 2019

Difficult, necessary.

LPL_EliH Nov 30, 2018

You never know which way Sabrina will go next. What starts as an introspective, measured view of people processing a shared trauma develops into a gripping emotional thriller. Drnaso brilliantly uses the graphic medium to incubate feelings of paranoia and grief; deep into its pages, you feel the dizzying loss of control firsthand.

Nov 19, 2018

I'm a bit undecided about this. The art work was not to my taste at all but I did find it to be a thoughtful look at the current state of our culture. It was compelling in its own way.

Sep 05, 2018

Another dark book. So many of them out there in these dark times. I liked it. A quick read, although I took a break in the middle to read another book. This one covers the role of social media and conspiracy theories in stealing and owning the stories of people who are murdered, and how those left behind are forced to deal with such hatred and craziness instead of being able to grieve for those they lost. I'm thinking Alex Jones and his insane ideas about Sandy Hook...

JCLIanH Aug 28, 2018

Nick Drnaso's breakout short story collection Beverly set high expectations for the followup, and Sabrina exceeds those expectations. It's a remarkably deft handling of the modern post-truth world where fake news create very dangerous real world concerns. Sabrina is about people looking for connection and how baseless conspiracy theories can help some people rationalize the irrational.

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