A Family Portrait
First Second, Hardcover, 9781596435759, 385pp.
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
"Jerusalem" is a sweeping, epic graphic novel that follows a single family three generations and fifteen very different people as they are swept up in chaos, war, and nation-making from 1940-1948. Faith, family, and politics are the heady mix that fuel this ambitious, cinematic graphic novel.
With "Jerusalem, " author-filmmaker Boaz Yakin turns his finely-honed storytelling skills to a topic near to his heart: Yakin's family lived in Palestine during this period and was caught up in the turmoil of war just as his characters are. This is a personal work, but it is not a book with a political ax to grind. Rather, this comic seeks to tell the stories of a huge cast of memorable characters as they wrestle with a time when nothing was clear and no path was smooth.
Nick Bertozzi lives in Queens, NY, with his wife and daughters and is the author and artist of many other cartoon stories, among them "The Salon, Houdini: The Handcuff King, " and First Second's "Lewis & Clark". He is a teacher at the School of Visual Arts.
"Those who like the graphic novel format and have an interest in people holding true to their beliefs or have experienced living in a situation filled with mayhem and disorder, may find this book helpful." - VOYA
Starred Review, Booklist, March 1, 2013 issue:
"This is most powerful for investing a massive and complex issue with real human emotion." -- Booklist, starred review
"A hefty tableau of beautifully gnashed teeth." -- Kirkus Reviews