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Renée is a prime example of how powerful a graphic novel can be. When it barely registers with a reader that they left words behind pages ago and a paragraph may not adequately describe what they have just absorbed, they’re holding something special.

French cartoonist Ludovic Debeurme follows 2006’s acclaimed Lucille by picking up where that book’s young couple left off. Vladimir is now in prison for murder as Lucille struggles to redefine her life back at her childhood home, with their idyllic flight together now in the past. Separately, we meet Renée as she becomes deeply involved with an older, married jazz musician. Deep-rooted issues spanning multiple generations only seem to gain strength, particularly in the case of Vladimir, whose relationship with an inmate brings more into focus than readers might expect. Debeurme’s depictions of depression, obsession, fear, and love are engrossing and unforgettable. (

Author rating: 8/10

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