Swallow Me Whole

Swallow Me Whole

by Nate Powell (Top Shelf, 2008)

  • Winner of the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel
  • Nominated for three Eisner Awards including Best Cartoonist and Best Lettering
  • WInner of the Ignatz Awards for Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Debut
  • One of YALSA’S "Great Graphic Novels for Teens"
  • Finalist for the LA Times Book Prize (Swallow Me Whole was the first graphic novel since 1992’s Maus to be nominated for this prize in any category)

Swallow Me Whole is a love story carried by rolling fog, terminal illness, hallucination, apophenia, insect armies, secrets held, unshakeable faith, and the search for a master pattern to make sense of one’s unraveling.

In his most ambitious book to date, Nate Powell quietly explores the dark corners of adolescence — not the clichéd melodramatic outbursts of rebellion, but the countless tiny moments of madness, the vague relief of medication, and mixed blessing of family ties. As the story unfolds, two stepsiblings hold together amidst schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, family breakdown, animal telepathy, misguided love, and the tiniest hope that everything will someday make sense.

Deliberately paced, delicately drawn, and drenched in shadows, Swallow Me Whole is a landmark achievement for Nate Powell and a suburban ghost story that will haunt readers long after its final pages.

Nate Powell’s Swallow Me Whole, a disturbed, haunting book, is impossible to describe... It’s not an easy book, but its dark brilliance marks its creator as a writer-artist of genius.
— Neel Mukherjee, The Times (UK)
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