Mercury by Hope Larson
Antheneum Books, New York, 2010
Borrowed from the library.
An interesting mix of fantasy, history and contemporary fiction, this is a graphic novel about two young women in a small town in Nova Scotia. Switching between the 1850’s and 2009, we find that Josey and Tara are connected through family and that each as been given a strange locket, a locket that seems to be attracted to gold.
Both girls struggle with familiar issues that include familial tensions, relationships and the struggle for independence.
Larson, an Eisner Award winner, has inked Mercury in black on white and white on black. It is a book dense and rich in story and artwork.