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Hetty survives the bombing of Portsmouth by the Nazis in World War II, only to learn that her soldier husband with whom she was in the process of adopting a young daughter has been killed on the way back home from North Africa. She must then complete the adoption alone. A decade later, she gives birth to a bastard daughter, Marguerite. Now Hetty must go before a tribunal to prove that she is a fit mother or possibly lose both her children. From there, The Late Child and Other Animals tells the story of little Marguerite's childhood in the recovering British naval port and the rural beauty of the Isle of Wight and in Normandy, France. The journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense.
The Late Child and Other Animals is an original graphic novel, a generational autobiography written by legendary punk diva and award-winning poet Marguerite Van Cook, adapted by artist James Romberger, the creator of the Eisner-nominated Post York. The team of Romberger and Van Cook is also responsible for the adaptation and art of 7 Miles a Second, their critically acclaimed graphic memoir collaboration with the late multimedia artist and AIDS activist, David Wojnarowicz.
Praise for7 Miles a Second:
New York Times Best Seller - Hardcover Graphic Books
An ALA GLBT Round Table 2014 Over the Rainbow List Graphic Narrative selection
"Revolutionary.... a runaway, over-the-top circus... An excursion into areas
few, if any, comics creators have tread." Jim Steranko
"7 Miles a Second veers between an
almost unbearably gritty naturalism and the incendiary heat of surrealist
hallucination." The New Yorker
"A revelatory work of art." Art in America
"A cult classic... both a celebration of the unlimited potential of the comic
book form, and a perfect melding of inspiring, iconoclastic imaginations."