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The Greatest of Marlys
by Lynda Barry


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Welcome to the world of Marlys and Maybonne

"Lynda Barry's comics were my YA, before YA really even existed. She's been writing teen stories with an incredibly clear voice since the early 80s. "The Greatest Of Marlys"] is raw, ugly, hilarious, and poignant." --Raina Telgemeier, "Smile & Drama"

Eight-year-old Marlys Mullen is Lynda Barry's most famous character from her long-running and landmark comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, and for good reason Given her very own collection of strips, Marlys shines in all her freckled and pig-tailed groovy glory.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Welcome to the world of Marlys and Maybonne

"Lynda Barry's comics were my YA, before YA really even existed. She's been writing teen stories with an incredibly clear voice since the early 80s. "The Greatest Of Marlys"] is raw, ugly, hilarious, and poignant." --Raina Telgemeier, "Smile & Drama"

Eight-year-old Marlys Mullen is Lynda Barry's most famous character from her long-running and landmark comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, and for good reason Given her very own collection of strips, Marlys shines in all her freckled and pig-tailed groovy glory. The trailer park where she and her family live is the grand stage for her dramas big and small. Joining Marlys are her teenaged sister Maybonne, her younger brother Freddie, their mother, and an offbeat array of family members, neighbors, and classmates.

Marlys's enthusiasm for life knows no bounds. Her childhood is one where the neighborhood kids stay out all night playing kickball; the desire to be popular is unending; bullies are unrepentant; and parents make few appearances. "The Greatest Of Marlys" spotlights Barry's masterful skill of chronicling childhood through adolescence in all of its wonder, awkwardness, humor, and pain.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781770462649
  • ISBN-10: 1770462643
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publish Date: August 2016
  • Page Count: 248
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.75 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

Barry is one of American literature’s great chroniclers of childhood. Her comic strips, drawn in disarmingly and deceptively childlike lines, distill the essence of fried bologna sandwiches and stray dogs, mysterious teenage bedrooms, and kickball at dusk. This luminous hardcover collection centers on Barry’s magnum opus, Marlys, a bright, bossy, awkward grade-schooler cloaked in freckles and bravado. Marlys, her sensitive little brother, Freddy, and their cousins Arna and Arnold navigate a world of angry mothers, absent fathers, schoolyard politics, and trailer park drama, ping-ponging between comedy and tragedy. Some strips are heartbreakingly beautiful, others simply heartbreaking. But most are funny, as the kids present on diverse topics as “How to Groove on Life,” “Fumes of Regret,” and “Don’t Freak It’s Only Nature” (“If you don’t like extra pink dangles of flesh, don’t go staring at the star-nosed mole”). This book will bring groovy love into your life. Pinky swear. (Aug.)

 
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