The Three Incestuous Sisters

Audrey Niffenegger

From the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, she calls this a “visual novel” and/or “a silent film made from Japanese prints.” The story is of three sisters torn apart when two fall for the same dude, told in aquatints and spare text. Some of my favorite pages are those that don’t obviously pull the story along—i. e., “A few days later; Clothilde practices levitation at breakfast.” It’s impressive though how much emotive detail the story has considering its format. The illustrations are lovely: all muted and melancholy.

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