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La perdida / Jessica Abel.

By: Abel, Jessica.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2006Edition: 1st ed.Description: ix, 275 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0375423656; 9780375423659; 0375714715; 9780375714719.Subject(s): Young women -- Conduct of life -- Comic books, strips, etc | Americans -- Mexico -- Comic books, strips, etc | Mexico City (Mexico) -- Comic books, strips, etcGenre/Form: Graphic novels.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Perdida.DDC classification: 741.5/973 Also issued online.Summary: Carla Olivares, a young Mexican-American woman, goes to Mexico to "find herself," and moves in which an old fling, but when his circle of Anglo expat friends fail to provide her with the authentic experience she seeks, Carla becomes involved with el Gordo, a drug don who takes her down a dangerous path. Presented in graphic novel form.
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English and Spanish.

Carla Olivares, a young Mexican-American woman, goes to Mexico to "find herself," and moves in which an old fling, but when his circle of Anglo expat friends fail to provide her with the authentic experience she seeks, Carla becomes involved with el Gordo, a drug don who takes her down a dangerous path. Presented in graphic novel form.

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Library Journal Review

In this first graphic novel from upcoming comic artist Abel (check out her zine, Artbabe), Carla crashes in Mexico City with skeptical ex-boyfriend Harry-who's promptly kidnapped. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Twenty-something American slacker Carla moves to Mexico, land of her long-lost father. She crashes at the apartment of her ex-boyfriend, a wealthy, WASPy American who socializes mostly with people like himself. Carla soon meets some locals, wannabe revolutionary Memo and wannabe DJ Oscar. After moving in with Oscar, she becomes less engaged in society, rarely interacting outside of this limited group. As she becomes even less involved, her na?vet? allows some horrible events to occur. While readers see the writing on the wall long before Carla catches on, she is still a sympathetic heroine. This is Abel's first full-length graphic novel after her Artbabe comic and collections (Fantagraphics), and it's both simple and ambitious. The black-and-white artwork is sketchy, but evocative. The story is intricately plotted and suspenseful. The decision to write the first chapter's dialogue in Spanish, translated at the bottom of the panels, is interesting. Later, when Spanish is spoken predominantly, all of the dialogue is in English, putting words that were actually spoken in English in brackets. This not only reflects Carla's move into Spanish, but also allows readers to feel more strongly her lack of knowledge upon arriving in Mexico. The lengthy glossary defines Spanish words, phrases, vulgarities, and characters and places referenced in the text. Abel has successfully portrayed characters both on the fringes of society, and those who wish that they were.-Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Jessica Abel is the author of Soundtrack and Mirror, Window, two collections that gather stories and drawings from her comic book Artbabe, which she published between 1992 and 1999. She also collaborated with Ira Glass on Radio: An Illustrated Guide, a nonfiction comic about how the public radio program This American Life is made. Abel won both the Harvey and Lulu awards for Best New Talent in 1997; La Perdida won the 2002 Harvey Award for Best New Series. Abel's young adult novel, Carmina, is forthcoming in 2007, and she is currently collaborating on another graphic novel, Life Sucks, and a textbook about making comics.<br> <br> <br> From the Hardcover edition.

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