By: Chris Ware
Published By: Pantheon Books
Format: HC, 11 x 17, 224 pages, Full Color, $50.00
Building Stories follows the inhabitants of a three-flat Chicago apartment house: a 30-year-old woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple (possibly married) who wonder if they can bear each other's company for another minute; and finally, an elderly woman who never married and is the building's landlady. The scope, the ambition, the artistry and emotional heft of this project are beyond anything we have yet seen from this artist. Building Stories made an impressive number of "Best Of" lists for 2012, including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Amazon.com, Time Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and The Washington Post.