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La perdida
Jessica Abel
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Gr 10+-This graphic novel depicts a year in the life of Carla, a twenty-something American woman trying to find herself in the Mexico of her estranged father. She lands first in her ex-boyfriend's insular circle of American expats, then falls in with locals-the wannabe DJ, Óscar (her new boyfriend), and pseudo-revolutionary Memo-who clash with the Americans, and seemingly gratify her search for authenticity. She gets in way over her head as her new friends' petty crime connects her to increasingly thuggish characters, who take advantage of her naivete to implicate her in serious business. Abel's bold black lines sketch the scene, with nice composition from panel to panel. The original version brought home Carla's initial struggle with the language by including dialog in Spanish, and later brackets indicating conversations in English. This translation follows the same tack. A glossary explains slang and cultural referents. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

The apt title means "the lost one." Mexican American Carla travels to Mexico to get in touch with her absent father's roots. At first, she stays with ex-boyfriend Harry, an expatriate with only other expatriates for friends. But with misguided notions of fitting in, she learns the language, moves out, gets a job teaching English-and overstays her visa. She falls in with Memo, a Communist and ladies man who criticizes her capitalist upbringing, and Oscar, a wannabe turntablist and small-time drug dealer who becomes her lover, moves in with her, and fails to pay his rent. A local crime boss takes a liking to her and gives her free cocaine. It's clear this isn't going to end happily, and sure enough, Carla willfully lets her life deteriorate until disaster strikes. Abel tells the tale well and creates remarkably well-rounded characters. Her black-and-white artwork has a rough-edged style, with dot-eyed characters like those in Craig Thompson's Blankets. During serialization by Fantagraphics this story won a Harvey Award for Best New Series. With minor nudity and obscenities; for older teens and adults, and recommended for all libraries.-S.R. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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