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Waves by Ingrid Chabbert (Author) Carole Maurel (illustrator)
A young woman and her wife’s attempts to have a child unfold in this poetic tale that ebbs and flows like the sea.
2019 Harvey Award Winner
After years of difficulty trying to have children, a young couple finally announces their pregnancy, only to have the most joyous day of their lives replaced with one of unexpected heartbreak. Their relationship is put to the test as they forge ahead, working together to rebuild themselves amidst the churning tumult of devastating loss, and ultimately facing the soul-crushing reality that they may never conceive a child of their own.
Based on author Ingrid Chabbert’s own experience, coupled with soft, sometimes dreamlike illustrations by Carole Maurel, Waves is a deeply moving story that poignantly captures a woman’s exploration of her pain in order to rediscover hope.
Praise for Waves
This is the kind of book that can drag you down and make you weep, while still sustaining you with its sheer ambition. …. a great example of what makes graphic novels powerful in the hands of truly talented creators. – Huffington Post, Best Graphic Novels of 2019
Simultaneously raw and compassionate, this is a lovely partnership of words and images. The combination of art style and bittersweet memoir will appeal to older teens who enjoy Lucy Knisley’s and Tillie Walden’s work. – School Library Journal
This is the single most moving thing I’ve ever read. It should be studied by students in high school and college lit classes for generations. Nothing has ever given me such incredible insights to the experience of losing a child or suffering a stillbirth. This is an absolute MUST READ and it’s an incredibly fast one as well. – Amazon Reviewer
What a powerful book. It chronicles the narrative of Ingrid Chabbert and her partner as they experience the joy of becoming pregnant and then losing their son. The poignant grief and healing connect you to the story and will have you cheering on the characters as they reach milestones of healing.
The illustrations use colors (and lack of colors) to add to the emotions portrayed so the reader can experience the joy and pain with the characters of “Waves.”
I highly recommend this book. Amazon Reviewer
Artisan Book Reviews highly recommends Waves by Ingrid Chabbert, illustrated by Carole Maurel