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Tommi Parrish

The Lie And How We Told It

On sale date: January 23, 2018

A friendship fumbles and falls apart after an uncertain encounter in this graphic novel from a remarkable new voice.

WINNER 2019 Lambda Award, Best LGBTQ Graphic Novel

Parrish's emotionally loaded, painted graphic novel is is a visual tour de force, always in the service of the author's themes: navigating queer desire, masculinity, fear, and the ever-in-flux state of friendships.


"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


8.8" × 11.8"