Idle Days (Paperback)

By Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau, Simon Leclerc (Illustrator)

First Second, 9781626724587, 272pp.

Publication Date: August 14, 2018

List Price: 19.99*
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Depressed and unmoored by his father's violent death, and drafted into the Canadian military to serve in World War II, Jerome has fled, taking refuge in a cabin his grandfather owns in a remote part of the countryside.

But Jerome's troubles are only beginning. A strange dread fills the woods, and rumors of murders and ghosts cast his refuge in a sinister light. As Jerome struggles to come to terms with his father's death, he obsessively seeks to uncover the mystery of what, exactly, happened in his grandfather's house.

In Idle Days, Simon Leclerc's expressionistic artwork brings to life a layered and deeply literary story from writer Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau. This haunting graphic novel explores with tenderness and insight the wounds opened with the loss of a loved one.

About the Author

Born in the Montreal suburb of Chambly, Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau now lives and works in the city. He studied cinema and has a bachelor’s degree in translation and French literature from McGill University. In the summer, he plants trees on the family orchard near Thetford Mines. Middle child of three, his first comic was a 13-volume Dragon Ball rip-off that took place on a planet where younger brothers were the strongest. From 2012 to 2014, he drew and cowrote the webcomic Boire du mercure. A few of his short stories were long-listed in national contests. Idle Days is his first published work.

Simon Leclerc is an illustrator from Montréal. He studied animation in Montréal, then moved to California to pursue his animation studies at Calarts. He dropped out after a year, then came back in Montréal. He's been drawing, storyboarding, animating and art directing on various projects like videogames, movies, books, advertisements, etc. since.

Simon's books include Idle Days.

Praise For Idle Days

"The author prioritizes quiet, everyday moments, with the outré material relegated to rare, but shocking, moments of hellish imagery, almost none of which needs to be read as happening anywhere but inside Jerome's head. What gives this nuanced story its sinister tone are Leclerc's astonishing illustrations, featuring loose-lined faces slathered in murky shades of red that look like firelight, or rust, or blood." —Booklist

"In Idle Days, writer Thomas Desaulniers Brousseau and artist Simon Leclerc traverse the connection between personal psychological distress and the ghostly sins of the past, in a backdrop of world-shattering dread that, in many ways, mirror what too many people are probably feeling these days—or at least, believe we are on the brink of being engulfed by, a triangulated descent into madness." —The Beat

"The characters and well-developed story are brought to vivid life by Leclerc’s orange and red-tinged imagery as we see memories, real and false, of fires and get a glimpse of Jerome’s own febrile depression. Both highly accessible and sophisticated, this is a graphic novel for newcomers and fans of the format, as well as for teen memoirists seeking inspiration." —School Library Journal