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Exclusive First Read: Jules Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother'

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Set during the Depression, washed in dreamy grays and greens, Jules Feiffer's new Kill My Mother looks like an old noir film; you almost expect Robert Mitchum to step out of the pages, flicking a cigarette lighter. The story is classic Hollywood too: spitfire Annie spars with her mother as she searches for the truth behind the death of her policeman father. But Feiffer's loose-limbed drawings and twisty plotting (and his strong, delightfully flawed female leads) make Kill My Mother a much livelier experience than even the wildest noir. In these opening chapters, we meet Annie, her best friend and her mother Elsie — who works as the secretary for a hard-drinking private detective. And there's a mysterious blonde, because of course there's a mysterious blonde. Kill My Mother will be released August 25.


Excerpted from Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel by Jules Feiffer. Copyright 2014 by B. Mergendeiler Corp. Published by Liveright Publishing Corporation. All rights reserved.

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