Monday, August 15, 2016
I can only imagine what it must be like losing a child. Tom Hart and his wife had to live through that nightmare. Their daughter Rosalie died unexpectedly before her second birthday and this graphic memoir is about how Tom and his wife lived through it.
Raw, touching, sad, Rosalie Lightning will have you hugging your child a little harder next time they wrap their arms around you. It's hard to put into words about this memoir except that it may serve as solace to other parents going through the same horrible experience, to know that all the questioning, the anger, the despair is part of the grieving process. This memoir also may help anyone who has lost a loved one, because in reality no one is immune from the grief, no matter what the relationship, and the feeling of not being alone in the despair can be comforting.
Visually, Rosalie Lightning is loose and flowing, as Tom Hart navigates putting on paper those raw moments. The lettering is in his own handwriting, and I like that far better than a computer generated font. Although, he created a font based on his own handwriting to be more consistent and this is what is used in the final book.
Have some tissues ready for reading Rosalie Lightning, but read it because it's thought-provoking and pure.