Synopses & Reviews
A family is seduced by a mysterious creature's siren song that can be heard emanating from the lagoon after dark in talented young cartoonist Lilli Carré's first long-form work, and how each member reacts to the song in is the crux of the story. For the wise--or pixilated--Grandpa, the song reminds him that, in the time he has left, he must pause to respect, appreciate, and fear nature. The song hints at something that Zoey, the daughter, is too young to fully grasp. And the song lures the sexually frustrated mother, and eventually, her husband, into danger... Carré experimented with nib pens and brushes while drawing this black-and-white graphic novel, giving the art a different feel from her previous, Eisner-and-Harvey-Award-nominated story, . was influenced by the films and , but reads more like the gothic, family narratives of Flannery O'Connor or Carson McCullers. Rhythms--Grandpa's taps, the ticking of a metronome--are punctuated by silences that pace this "sound"-driven story. Older teen and adult readers are invited to imagine the enigmatic creature's haunting, ever-shifting tune as it reverberates through weedy waters, eventually escaping the lagoon to creep into windows at night.
"If this is a family album, it may contain darker secrets than the pictures make explicit. When we recall that Zoey's parents make her play piano, the instrument her grandfather also played as a child, the book's palpable unease about the imprisonment of children within the psychodramas of their elders becomes vivid. Toward the end, the grandfather gives Zoey a haircut that she complains makes her look younger: the imposition of her elders' desires upon her plainly stunts her own growth. But The Lagoon
offers us no portrayal of an adulthood into which it would be worthwhile to grow; in this, it is a gorgeously bleak (if remarkably conservative) work for so young an artist."
John Pistelli, Rain Taxi
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A family is seduced by a siren song emanating from the lagoon after dark as it reverberates through weedy waters, eventually escaping the lagoon to creep into their windows at night, in this haunting, lyrical graphic novel debut.
About the Author
Lilli Carré was born in 1983 in Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Chicago, making animations, illustrations, and comics. Her animated films have shown in various festivals in the US and abroad, including the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and her art is exhibited in museums. Visit her at lillicarre.com.