Summer Blonde

Summer Blonde

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Adrian Tomine's cult comix series Optic Nerve is finally collected into one sharp-looking hardcover volume. Described as the Raymond Carver of comix, Tomine constructs tales of emotional disconnection with an ear for painfully real dialogue. Combined with his deft black and white depictions of urbane lifestyles, Tomine's fans have often accused him of eavesdropping in on their most intimate moments and, with forensic skill, laying their lives bare. The conflicts between emotional gratification, narcissistic neediness and moral discernment mark the title story in which a socially crippled man nurses an obsessive crush on a young woman. He watches close up, paralyzed by his guilt, as her beauty catches the eye of his neighbor: a hip, selfish young man with a short attention span. One of Optic Nerve's most popular stories, `Hawaiian Getaway,` features Hilary, telephone service rep who is having the worst week of her life. She lost her job, her apartment, and her grandmother. Close to the edge, she is losing her grip. Reaching out to random strangers on the phone, Hilary is looking for someone to help her. In "Alter Ego" a successful young author has writer`s block. He can`t, or won`t, decide between another ghostwriting gig and finishing his second "real" novel. He stalls on committing to his novel and his girlfriend when a chance postcard leads him to flirt with fantasies of changing the past. Finally, "Bomb Scare" documents the early unease of his generation by setting this coming-of-age story during the tense months of the Gulf War, the event that ushered in the 1990s.

Title:Summer Blonde
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781896597577
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    Summer Blonde Reviews

  • Rory

    SHUT UP, Adrian Tomine. I get that your characters are all you, and that they're all your girlfriends, and that they're all lonely and disconnected and pathetic. I get it, now SHUT UP. And endings? I ...

  • Greta G

    Oh, people can be so pathetic. Yes, they can be. And disconnected. And lonely. They struggle with their feelings. And with their relationships. It’s really hard to like them, sometimes. They seem so...

  • Paul Bryant

    I really like those quiet Sundancy American indie movies like Wendy and Lucy, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Winter’s Bone, Frozen River, Ghost World, Gigantic, Go, Happiness, Humpday and Please Give –...

  • Jan Philipzig

    Collecting four short stories originally published as Optic Nerve #5-8, Summer Blonde provides the compelling, highly memorable glimpses into teenage angst, alienation and romance you'd expect from Ad...

  • Lily

    I wasn't initially planning to write a review for Summer Blonde, but thought it necessary to share my thoughts - both on this collection and on general meaning in literature - after seeing some rather...

  • Andrew

    I suppose my reaction to the stories in this book is largely dependent on my hope that Tomine is truly critiquing the "nice guy" types who are the protagonists of his stories. Making a character loath...

  • Jeff

    Adrian Tomine's characters and stories are not for me. I rapidly skimmed the title story (2nd of 4 in this collection) from about the midpoint. Someday i hope to understand what other people have enjo...

  • Marley

    Such a right-on look at urban/suburban loneliness. We all may not have felt this way in our high school and college and 20-something years, but I sure have at times. Sure, the characters are whiny and...

  • Hannah Garden

    2013: Somehow I always expect Adrian Tomine to be about 30-50% more menschy than he is. Or than his characters is. You feel me. Probably four stars but everyone in these stories is having a hard time ...

  • Bryce Holt

    I'm constantly amazed that people crap all over themselves about books like this. It's all sad-ass stories about powerless people living very upsetting lives, nerds who have been picked on during high...