"Gfrörer sprinkles her work with moments of practicality that defy despair. Cows must be milked. Children who have already forgotten the deaths of their parents must be fed. Dogs will survive. Agnès will walk home again. Life will go on, and the best way to honour the dead is to keep on living. This is not a happy story, but in the end it is one of hope." - Sequentialist
"They follow a terrifyingly linear structure, which can sometimes be the point: death, fear and the things that lurk in the dark don’t necessarily need to be witty. They have strength and inevitability on their side." - Paste Magazine
In a plague-ravaged medieval city, survival is a harsher fate than death. As corpses accumulate around her, Agnès, a young widow possessed of supernatural strength, must weigh her obligations to the dead and dying against her desire to protect what little remains. Laid Waste is a graphic novella about love and kindness among vermin in the putrid miasma at the end of the world. As with her evocative debut book, Black is the Color, Julia Gfrörer’s delicate, gothic drawing style perfectly complements the period era of the book’s setting, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of her prose to the fore.