Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Contract with God: A Novel

by Will Eisner, 180 pages

Four stories, one building. After a lifetime of goodness, a man's faith is broken by the loss of a child. An itinerant amateur singer wanders beneath the windows. An unpleasant yet pitiable building superintendent suffers as the landlord's stand-in. And futures are determined and innocence lost during a holiday in the country.

In this early work, the man for whom American graphic literature's top prize is named uses his own memories and impressions to draw a fictional yet truth-inspired picture of life in New York's tenements in the first half of the twentieth century. Sad, cynically funny, and thoughtful.

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