Parrish makes emotionally loaded painted comics about everyday relationships, doubts, and anxieties. The psychological acuity in the work pairs perfectly to the graphic style. The Lie and How We Told It is a remarkably resonant work from an exciting new voice in contemporary graphic novels.
"The Lie takes on material that's small in scope and thoroughly familiar: emotions we've all felt before. On the other hand, it's got the chutzpah to try and make us experience those feelings in a whole new way." — NPR: Books
"A haunting little graphic novella... Parrish’s tactile paintwork conjures humans with hulking bodies and baseball heads, all of them wondering whether the messes they’re in are the result of mistakes they’ve made or some kind of perverse destiny they were always bound for." — Vulture
"Tommi Parrish’s excellent new graphic novel relentlessly interrogates issues of gender and sexuality, pointing out that strict binaries are mostly jerry-built and easily broken." — PEN
"With each hand-painted panel, author Tommi Parrish communicates an intense atmosphere and delves thoughtfully into the themes of queer desire, masculinity, fear, and the fading of past relationships." — Eyes on Design
"The Lie and How We Told It is one of the best graphic novels I’ve read in the past two years. ... To see Parrish's work culminate in such a magnificent graphic novel is both satisfying and invigorating." — Sequential State
"The Lie And How We Told It is a bold and confident statement of artistic intent that has elevated Parrish into the top tier of contemporary cartoonists." — Four Color Apocalypse
"Tommi Parrish managed to work some kind of magic in this book. ... It’s genuinely been a while since characters felt so real to me." — Adventures in Poor Taste