In Paco Roca’s intimate and international award-winning graphic novel, The House, three adult siblings return to their family’s quaint vacation home a year after their father’s death with the intention to clean up the residence and put it on the market. But as garbage is hauled off and dust is wiped away, decades-old resentments quickly fill the vacant home
Through flashbacks into each sibling’s memories — the fig trees they grew up climbing, the pergola they never got around to building, the final visits to the hospital — Roca gives us a glimpse into domestic moments of joy, guilt, and disappointment while asking what happens to brothers and sisters when the only person holding the family together is now gone. At once deeply personal (dedicated to Roca’s own deceased father) and entirely universal, The House details the struggle to overcome the past, while still holding onto the memories.
"Roca examines grief as an overstuffed house that the bereaved must restore, rebuild, and, ultimately, let go in this touching and pensive ensemble cast graphic novel." — Publishers Weekly
"A melancholy and deeply sympathetic meditation on sibling dynamics and the role memory plays in the grieving process." — Library Journal
"A study of the complex relationships of family and the ties that bind from a storyteller whose powerful depiction of human frailties is both haunting and ever recognisable." — Broken Frontier
"A moving exploration of family dynamics in the face of loss. Roca’s illustrations bring it to a whole other level and make The House the gorgeous piece of art that it is." — Book Riot