Jamilti and Other Stories

by Rutu Modan

Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Format: Hardcover, 6x9, full color, $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-897299-54-8

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up—
Modan's graphic novel Exit Wounds (Drawn & Quarterly, 2007) was set in Israel. This title is a collection of seven short stories that were written earlier and are set in various times and places. Subjects range from political violence to personal moments and fantastical interludes. One story involves a rock star who travels to England believing that he is going to get a boost in his career. Well written and surprising, "Jamilti" features a Palestinian fighter and a nurse. The volume contains both color and black-and-white art. In contrast to the author's later work, the character representations here are less refined and often have exaggerated features and expressions that help to illustrate Modan's narrative points. The backgrounds also tend to be less detailed, which helps to draw readers' eyes back to the characters and their emotions. — Kelliann Bogan, Colby-SawyerCollege, New London, NH