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The Complete Essex County [Paperback]

Jeff Lemire
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1 Sep 2009 Essex County
Where does a young boy turn when his whole world suddenly disappears? What turns two brothers from an unstoppable team into a pair of bitterly estranged loners? How does the simple-hearted care of one middle-aged nurse reveal the scars of an entire community, and can anything heal the wounds caused by a century of deception? Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire pays tribute to his roots with Essex County, an award-winning trilogy of graphic novels set in an imaginary version of his hometown, the eccentric farming community of Essex County, Ontario, Canada. In Essex County, Lemire crafts an intimate study of one community through the years, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a young artist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free. This new edition collects the complete, critically-acclaimed trilogy (Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse) in one deluxe volume! Also included are over 40-pages of previously unpublished material, including two new stories.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160309038X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603090384
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, life, death, and hockey 10 Aug 2010
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This book collects together what I think is one of the greatest achievements in comics in the last 10 years, Jeff Lemire's Essex County stories.

Essex County is a part of Ontario, Canada, and the three books collected here - Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories, and The Country Nurse - explores the area and it's inhabitants.

Tales from the Farm follows a lonely boy called Lester who has recently lost his mother, never knew his father, and is in the care of his uncle. The two have an awkward relationship as they struggle to come to terms with grief and the balance of their relationship. Lester draws comics and dresses as a superhero, and finally makes a friend in the form of Jimmy LeBeuf, a gas station attendant who used to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs before an injury brought an end to his career. The two find a small measure of happiness in their bleak lives in their time talking together about comics and hockey.

Ghost Stories follows the story of two brothers, Lou and Vince LeBeuf, who play minor league hockey in Toronto. They both dream of making it into the big leagues but Vince (the more gifted of the brothers at hockey) meets a girl, marries her, drops hockey, and starts a family and farm out in the country. Lou tries to crack the major leagues but incurs a career ending injury and spends his life driving a tram in Toronto. A dark secret splits these once close brothers so that they never speak for decades.

The Country Nurse follows the story of Anne Byrne who looks after Lou LeBeuf as well as other people in Essex County. We find out about her lonely home life and her family's ancestors. The revelations in her family tie together the LeBeuf family and ties the trilogy together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 8 Feb 2014
This is simply wonderful, one of the most touching stories I read in graphic format in the last few years.
The story is told through 3 different characters' point of views and little details connect them visually in a subtle and thoughtful manner. Beautifully drawn panels and pages with no dialogue convey a sense of poetic time that makes the narrative all the more powerful. Words cannot describe it, you have to let yourself go into Essex County!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !! 16 April 2013
By ZC21
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Bought this after reading Underwater Welder and loved this just as much.

The book is over 400 pages and the story is very good.

Art work is what you expect from Jeff. 100% recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 3 Mar 2013
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The product arrived promptly, in perfect condition as described, and at a fantastic price.

It's also one of the best graphic novels I've had the pleasure of reading - and I read a lot!
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4.0 out of 5 stars *i* liked it! 5 Mar 2010
maybe a bit young for some, not overly sophisticated or subtle but very moving nonetheless. the stories are touching, this is well worth purchasing.
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