By Briana Loewinsohm. Published by Fantagraphics.
Hardcover, 200 pages, Colour, 2023.
A debut graphic novel that poignantly blends memoir, magic realism, and graphic medicine.
Ephemera is a poetic and dreamlike take on a graphic memoir set in a garden, a forest, and a greenhouse. The story drifts among a grown woman, her early memories as a child, and the gossamer existence of her mother. A lyrical entry in the field of graphic medicine, Ephemera is a story about a daughter trying to relate to a parent who struggles with mental illness. Gorgeously illustrated in a painted palette of warmy, earthy tones, it is a quiet book of isolation, plants, confusion, acceptance, and the fog of childhood. Loewinsohn’s debut book is an aching, meditative twist on autobiography, infusing the genre with an ethereal fusion of memory and imagination.
"Loewinsohn debuts with an astounding graphic memoir of her coming of age amid her mother's mental illness. ... This powerful yet meditative work heralds the arrival of a promising creator." — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Loewinsohn's debut [features] rich, textured, and emotional artwork. [She] resists the category of graphic memoir by switching between timelines and using the art to mirror the looping nature of memory." — Booklist
"A gorgeously drawn meditation on those who matter most to us. Sublime." — Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese)
"Ephemera is a beautifully rendered melancholy memoir. A deep mix of fondness and sadness. A lovely work!" — Peter Bagge
"The ethereal art and poetic writing of Briana Loewinsohn's Ephemera feels like a dream that is both magical and heartbreaking." — Thien Pham (Level Up)