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In The Undertaking of Lily Chen, Deshi, a hapless young man living in northern China, is suddenly expelled from ordinary life when his brother dies in an accident. Holding Deshi responsible for his brothers death, his parents send him on a mission to acquire a corpse bride to accompany his brother into the afterlife, in accordance with an ancient Chinese tradition that has many modern adherents. Eligible dead girls are in short supply, however. When Deshi falls into company with a young--and single--woman named Lily, he sees a solution to his problems. The only hitch is that willful, tart-tongued Lily is still very much alive. As Deshi and Lily adventure through a breathtaking mountain landscape, meeting a host of eccentric characters and dangerous adversaries along the way, Deshi just cant decide whether to kiss the girl or to kill her.

 

Danica Novgorodoff, author of Slow Storm and Refresh, Refresh, brings her distinctive voice and gorgeous, moody watercolors to this wry, beautiful, and surprising literary graphic novel.

Review:

"This vivid comic opens with a quote from the Economist describing the resurgence of 'ghost marriages' in rural China, in which parents of dead men seek out the corpses of women so that their sons aren't buried alone, sometimes even going as far as murder. After Deshi's brother Wei is killed in a freak accident (an accident that their parents hold Deshi responsible for), he sets off to find a bride for Wei with the help of a corpse hunter. Striking out in graveyards and hospitals, Deshi eventually meets a woman named Lily Chen whom he resolves to kill, but his plans soon go awry. Humorous aspects of the story, including a motorcycle catching fire and a runaway donkey, don't always fit in with the exploration of Deshi's conflicted pursuit of Lily, both as a potential victim and as a potential wife. Novgordoff uses a flat visual style that gives the characters an iconic feeling as she captures the tensions between new and old traditions in Chinese society. Although the book is uneven, the story is striking and unusual overall." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In The Undertaking of Lily Chen, Deshi, a young man struggling to make a life for himself in rural China, watches his life comes unhinged when he accidentally kills his older brother in a fight. His distraught parents send him on a hopeless journey to acquire a bride for his brother to marry posthumously so he doesn't enter the next world alone—an ancient Chinese tradition with many modern adherents. Eligible female corpses are in short supply, however. When Deshi falls into company with a beautiful, angry, and single young woman named Lily, he sees a solution to his problems.  The only hitch is Lily is still very much alive.
 
Danica Novgorodoff, author of Slow Storm and Refresh, Refresh, brings her distinctive voice and gorgeous, moody watercolors to this wry, beautiful, and surprising literary graphic novel.

About the Author

Danica Novgorodoff is a painter, writer, graphic designer and horse wrangler from Kentucky. Her graphic novels Slow Storm (2008) and Refresh, Refresh (included in Best American Comics 2011), were published by First Second. Her most recent graphic novel is The Undertaking of Lily Chen, also published by First Second. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596435865
Author:
Novgorodoff, Danica
Publisher:
First Second
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Literary
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
full color throughout
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This vivid comic opens with a quote from the Economist describing the resurgence of 'ghost marriages' in rural China, in which parents of dead men seek out the corpses of women so that their sons aren't buried alone, sometimes even going as far as murder. After Deshi's brother Wei is killed in a freak accident (an accident that their parents hold Deshi responsible for), he sets off to find a bride for Wei with the help of a corpse hunter. Striking out in graveyards and hospitals, Deshi eventually meets a woman named Lily Chen whom he resolves to kill, but his plans soon go awry. Humorous aspects of the story, including a motorcycle catching fire and a runaway donkey, don't always fit in with the exploration of Deshi's conflicted pursuit of Lily, both as a potential victim and as a potential wife. Novgordoff uses a flat visual style that gives the characters an iconic feeling as she captures the tensions between new and old traditions in Chinese society. Although the book is uneven, the story is striking and unusual overall." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
In The Undertaking of Lily Chen, Deshi, a young man struggling to make a life for himself in rural China, watches his life comes unhinged when he accidentally kills his older brother in a fight. His distraught parents send him on a hopeless journey to acquire a bride for his brother to marry posthumously so he doesn't enter the next world alone—an ancient Chinese tradition with many modern adherents. Eligible female corpses are in short supply, however. When Deshi falls into company with a beautiful, angry, and single young woman named Lily, he sees a solution to his problems.  The only hitch is Lily is still very much alive.
 
Danica Novgorodoff, author of Slow Storm and Refresh, Refresh, brings her distinctive voice and gorgeous, moody watercolors to this wry, beautiful, and surprising literary graphic novel.

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