Marble Season

Gilbert Hernandez

Marble Season is the all-new semi-autobiographical novel by acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez, co-creator of the groundbreaking Love and Rockets comic book series.

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In his first book with Faber, Hernandez tells the untold stories of these American comics legends’ youth, and portrays the reality of life in a large family in suburban 1960s California. Told largely from the point of view of middle child Huey – who stages Captain America plays and treasures his older brother’s comic book collection almost as much as his approval – Marble Season deftly follows these boys as they navigate their cultural and neighborhood norms.

Set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics, and awash with pop-culture references – TV shows, comic books, super-heroes and music –Marble Season subtly details how their innocent, joyfully creative play changes as they grow older and encounter name-calling, abusive bullies, and the value judgments of others. A coming-of-age story both comic and moving, it will have timeless resonance for children and adults alike.

Critic Reviews

What's amazing about the book is the way it reminds you that all childhoods are, to a degree, the same, irrespective of time and place ... Marble Season is a treat: beady, nostalgic and sometimes unexpectedly piercing.

Rachel Cooke, Observer

Gilbert Hernandez ‘one of the great craftsmen of modern comics’ (New York Times) was born in Oxnard, California. He has won numerous awards for his stories, including the Kirby Award, Inkpot Award, Harvey Award, and the United States Artists Literature Fellowship. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife and daughter.

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