‘Homesick’ @ The Great Escape

Friday, Oct. 19

The Great Escape
2433 Bardstown Road • 456-2216
Free; 6 p.m.

Does this qualify as a sad homecoming or a triumphant one? Kentucky native Jason Walz does indeed have a major accomplishment that he’ll be sharing at a signing at The Great Escape. His graphic novel “Homesick” is hitting store shelves this week. It’s a personal work, conveyed in a classic comic style that contributes immediacy — and its debut during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is no coincidence. Walz draws out the arc of his emotional state while his mother was fighting the disease. With supple black lines and straightforward text, he metaphorically sets his own experience against a far-removed character (very far — think Bradbury’s classic story “Kaleidoscope”). The kicker comes through the author-as-witness gaining insight into the commonality between the two forms of homesickness. That makes this a worthy addition to recent literature about surviving family loss. —T.E. Lyons

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