The Book of Sarah

The Book of Sarah - Graphic Medicine

Hardback (23 May 2019) | English

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There is no "Book of Sarah" in the Bible, so artist Sarah Lightman sets out to make her own. In this quietly subversive graphic autobiography, Lightman follows the urge to find herself in the midst of training to become an artist, observing her faith, navigating family and romantic relationships, and learning to be a mother.

Drawings of a Jewish children's Bible, a package of crackers, a Lower East Side walk-up, Columbia University, and the outside of St. Paul's Girls' School: books and streets, buildings, objects, and portraits of people fill this coming-of-age story set in northwest London and New York City. The Book of Sarah traces the author's journey from modern Jewish orthodoxy to a feminist Judaism, as she searches between the complex layers of family and family history that she inherited and inhabited. While the act of drawing came easily to Sarah, letting go of past failures, attachments, and expectations did not. These are the focus of her astonishingly beautiful pages, as we bear witness to her making the world her own.

Poignantly narrated and illustrated with charcoal, pencil, watercolor, and oil, this is an intimate story of a self-in-becoming.

About the Publisher

Pennsylvania State University Press

Pennsylvania State University Press

Myriad Editions is an independent publisher of original literary fiction and graphic novels, and producer of the acclaimed 'state of the world' infographic atlases. Our mission is to publish excellent books that will change the way you see the world. Our atlases will help you understand the real world through expert data analysis, geopolitical maps and vivid infographics. Our graphic books explore tough subjects through narrative illustration. Our novels are original works of literary fiction, eclectic, bold and full of character.

Book information

ISBN: 9780271084732
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Imprint: Pennsylvania State University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 741.5941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 237
Weight: 816g
Height: 239mm
Width: 170mm
Spine width: 23mm