Lately I’ve been reading a graphic novel a night. Tonight I read The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff, and last night I read Neil Gaiman, Fábio Moon, and Gabriel Bá’s, How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
I really liked The Undertaking of Lily Chen. The story is about a boy who accidentally kills his brother. The boy’s parents tell him not to come home until he can find a “ghost bride” for his brother (the beginning of the graphic novel explains that “parts of rural China are seeing a burgeoning market for female corpses, the result of the reappearance of a strange custom called ‘ghost marriages.’ Chinese tradition demands that husbands and wives always share a grace. Sometimes, when a man dies unmarried, his parents would procure the body of a woman, hold a ‘wedding,’ and bury the couple together...) So in Novgorodoff’s novel we see a boy dealing with the pain of the loss of his brother as well as the burden of the knowledge that he must kill again to right himself with his parents. When he falls in love with a girl he meets, the reader is left to see his choice, to make her his bride, or his brother’s... @novgorodoff