This book, people. This book. It's a deceptively simple concept: A graphic novel that traces (circuitously) the life of a house. Specifically, the life of one room--one corner of that room. From its prehistoric roots to its future beyond today, and everything in between, from the American Revolution to the 1950s to the present time. Sometimes--often--multiple years almost collide:
But not always this happily. This book brings the reader in as an insider, and yet also as an outsider; we're missing critical information--who are these people? What's happening? What happened to the older stories? How many people lived here?
That, I think, is the point. A house is not just a house, a room not just a room, but a repository of history that's otherwise uncollected. It's up to the reader to create stories for these families, these people, young and old. The illustrations are almost gauzy, as if fading in time themselves. And watch the flower vases.
After reading this, I was driving in a rural area and saw an abandoned house, and it really caught my attention. Who lived there? Where did they do? Why did no one else live there? A simple concept, but beautifully done, and thought-provoking.