Rebecca Kraatz

May 2011
1-894994-55-8 / 978-1-894994-55-2
Graphic Novel / Literary
6.5×8.5 inches, 144 pages (black and white)


For her first book House of Sugar, Rebecca Kraatz won The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent in 2007.  Her latest graphic novel, Snaps, takes place during the Second World War in a small town on Vancouver Island.  Combining magic realism with pulp dialogue, the interweaving narrative is told from various points of view.  Soldiers, seniors, working women, and children tell their “slice of life” stories in brief vignettes, like snapshots in the found photo album from which Kraatz originally drew inspiration. Sometimes dreamy,  often surreal, Snaps will further establish her reputation as a gifted writer and artistic talent to watch.

“I’ve been a fan of all works of the imagination of Rebecca Kraatz for many, many moons, but this is my very favourite, by a long shot. What a feast! The illustrations — beautiful! The characters — fascinating! The fashions — magnificent! The hairstyles — splendorous! The words, oh, the words! Like a box of gem stones!! I wish I could live in a world created by Rebecca Kraatz. Snaps makes my bones ache with pleasure. Sigh.” — Rich Terfry (Buck 65)

“A beautifully crafted literary Möbius strip.” — Hope Larson

“As Kraatz weaves the characters in and out of each other’s stories, she fashions an airy atmosphere of human longing, with narratives about love, death and missed chances cohering into a kind of wistful melancholy. It’s easy (and delightful) to imagine a fantastic, mid-20th-century Vancouver Island pulsing beyond the edges of all the photographs Kraatz flipped through — sun-bleached photo albums as alternative mirror universes.” National Post

Also by Rebecca Kraatz: House of Sugar

Rebecca Kraatz is an artist/cartoonist who lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

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