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Things to do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park…When You’re 29 and Unemployed

May 4, 2017 |

That’s definitely a provocative title for a graphic novel memoir!

Aneurin (Nye) Wright hasn’t been on good terms with his father for a long time. When he receives a call on his birthday from his father, Neil, he isn’t quite sure how to react. Neil has been diagnosed with emphysema and is “certified for hospice,” a six-month death sentence. He needs help. Newly

Things to do in an Retirement Home Trailer Park...when you're 29 and Unemployed

unemployed, Nye is free to move into the trailer park where his father lives and assume the role of caregiver. Neither Nye nor Neil is particularly enthralled by the situation.

 

This story in some ways is like Art Spiegelman’s Maus books where the humans are very consciously portrayed by specific animals. In this case Nye is a minotaur and Neil is a rhinoceros. These characters make sense within the story which really is told best through¬†this graphic novel medium. The speech bubbles are important not just for what is in them but what is not. While a reader knows from the beginning how the story will end, this memoir is¬†definitely worth a read, particularly for anyone who wants to see how a graphic novel can be more than just superhero stories!