2019 Doug Wright Award Winner for Best Book


Young Frances

Hartley Lin’s debut graphic novel, Young Frances, is out now in Canada, the US, France, Spain, and Italy. It made several Best Books of 2018 lists, including from CBC, Publishers Weekly, Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, The Comics Journal and Vulture.

You can buy it at the great comic store, the Beguiling.



Here are some reviews:


    “With this book, Lin demonstrates a mastery of lithe narrative on a human scale. Young Frances is an important contribution to contemporary fiction – graphic or otherwise – that is both artful and eminently readable.” —Quill & Quire (starred review)

    “…the complete arc showcases Lin’s disarming brilliance, through skillful comics art and authentic conversational humor.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “Lin's long-awaited debut is a remarkably assured look at a fretfully uncertain life.” —Globe and Mail

    “…Hartley Lin builds out a young woman’s life in illuminating detail and agonizing nuance… the draftsmanship is sumptuous and the storytelling is top- notch, making for a narrative meal that leaves one satisfied and enriched.” —Vulture

    “It’s a testament to his vision that a book with such a long gestation can still feel so of the moment. Or maybe it’s that the floating world of one’s 20s, rendered here with such sympathy and humor, always lives somewhere in us, as accessible as a recurring dream.” —New York Times



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