Not Funny Ha-Ha

Leah Hayes. Fantagraphics, $16.99 (148p) ISBN 978-1-60699-839-7
Hayes’s (Funeral of the Heart) new book is the story of two women, Lisa and Mary, each of whom decides to have an abortion for reasons that the book does not discuss. Hayes walks us through each woman’s journey, from the initial decision to completion of the process. Mary decides to have a medical abortion while Lisa decides for the surgical option. The book shows all the details of each procedure, and how they differ, being very explicit about what to expect when going through it, managing to be comforting, realistic, and free of sugar coating. Hayes’s illustration style is pleasant and emotionally resonant; the use of washes creates an appropriate moody atmosphere. In an afterword, Hayes explains that the intention of the book is to “show, and possibly, maybe comfort in some way during an emotional procedure.” Clear headed and with a sympathetic voice, this book provides valuable information for women who have to make a difficult decision. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/10/2015
Release date: 06/01/2015
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