Essex County Vol. 1: Tales From the Farm by Jeff Lemire
Format: Graphic Novel
Series: #2 in the Essex County Trilogy
Publisher: Top Shelf
Publication Date: 2007
From the back cover:
Now the tale continues with Ghost Stories, the second volume in a trilogy of graphic novels set in a fictionalized version of Lemire’s hometown of Essex County, Ontario, Ghost Story follows the lives and relationship of brothers Lou and Vince Lebeuf over the course of nearly seven decades. In this volume, eldest brother Lou, now a deaf and lonely man, lives out his final days on his farm full of guilt and regret for the decisions he made that tore his family apart. From their childhood on the farm, to Toronto in the 1950’s (where they both played professional hockey), Lou is left to revisit his life, his decisions and his regrets. A silent observer, haunted by his own memories
Well, once again Jeff Lemire has created characters who have wrapped themselves around my heart and will stick with me for a long time. It’s no secret that I think Lemire is a talented genius. He has the ability to tell a complex and emotional story in spare and raw black and white images often with little or no text on the pages.
The events of this volume primarily take place many years before the events of volume one. It’s clear based on the character names that there is a connection with at least one of the main characters from the first book. That relationship isn’t clear until late in this volume. Also the titular Country Nurse of volume three is introduced here.
I already have volume three out from the library to read soon but I have also requested the collected one volume edition of the trilogy for a couple of reasons, The first is that I want to re-read volume one because of new information I now have. The second reason is that it also includes two additional shorts that Lemire wrote that are connected.
Once again I’m going to recommend that you read anything you can get your hands on that Jeff Lemire has done. He’s amazing.