ComicsLit, NBM Publishing, New York, 2007
A beautifully rendered graphic novel drawn in black, white and gray that tells the story of Tucker Freeman, a boy growing up in Cabool, Missouri during the early 1930’s.
Tucker’s father, a hobo who rides the rails to support his family, has seemingly deserted his family, forcing them to live with their aunt, The Widow.
The Widow tells Tucker it is his duty to leave, that his Father’s desertion has left the family without any means of support and that he is a drain on all of them, that, at thirteen, he is old enough to strike out on his own. The story follows Tucker on his journey, catching a train, running into railroad bulls and meeting a stranger who offers help.
This is a wonderful book, based on the author’s family history. It looks at mid-western America in the Thirties, the depression, migrant workers, and racism, in ways that are open and honest. I recommend it to seasoned graphic novel fans as well as those wishing to explore the genre.