Long Red Hair

Long Red Hair

Book - 2015 | First English edition.
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In this graphic memoir, Fitzgerald paints a childhood full of sleepovers, playing dress-up, amateur fortune-telling and renting scary movies. Yet, Fitzgerald suspects that she is unlike her friends. The book navigates a child's struggle with averageness, a preteen's budding bisexuality and a young woman's return after rejection. Fitzgerald takes us from her first kiss to a life sworn to singlehood, while weaving in allusions to witches in history and popular culture. Long Red Hair alluringly delves into the mystique of red hair and the beguiling nature of alternative romantic relationships.
Publisher: Greenwich, Nova Scotia : Conundrum Press, [2015]
Edition: First English edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781894994958
Branch Call Number: 306.765092 FITZG
Characteristics: 95 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm.


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This Canadian gem is an autobiographical story of a bisexual woman.

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Feb 15, 2017

The world really needs more stories about coming out as bisexual, so Meags Fitzgerald's graphic memoir is welcome, especially since it uses the b-word. And Fitzgerald is a talented illustrator, but I wish she had thought a bit more about her narrative. She raises a lot of important topics, but often skips onto the next idea too quickly, and her structure--which skips back and forth in time--makes it hard to see how (or whether) she as the main character has grown or grappled with her discomfort with intimacy. I finished the book understanding that pop culture (especially pop culture witches) were deeply important to her, but not entirely sure why. I did get that the bisexual erasure in an important Buffy the Vampire Slayer storyline was damaging for her younger self to watch, and her book will hopefully help solve that problem. But overall my impression was of someone who wrote a memoir too young, before reflecting deeply enough on her life for the reader to feel enriched by learning about it. I would bet her next book will be an improvement, especially if she lets her imagination go and writes fiction.

Mar 26, 2016

The coloured pencil drawings are quite good. The storytelling is okay; scenes are loosely connected. Sometimes I was confused about who the characters were. The author has potential.

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