ñLucille impresses as much by the power of its drawing as by the subtlety of its dialogue and plotting... it alternates tender moments of joy with scenes that evoke tears... Tremendous.î -- Didier Pasamonik, ActuaBD
"A coherent, compelling narrative... Debeurme gets underneath what makes these young lovers tick, and is realistic enough to realize that theyÍre too inexperienced and impulsive to fix each other. Still, the love affair in Lucille burns bright, illuminating two lives."-- The AV Club
"For a story about the search for freedom, to be yourself, DebeurmeÍs approach makes the most of the freedom of the comics medium. ...ItÍs a wonderful, satisfying experience in itself to read and savour and easily one of the truly unmissable bande dessin_e translations of the year."-- Paul Gravett, author of Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life
"The type of story the graphic novel was meant for."-- Kelly Stephenson, Playback:STL
"A stunner... Lucille is definitely one of the most significant graphic novel releases of the year."-- Heidi MacDonald, The Beat
"Sublimely pretty... Debeurme has one of those art styles to die for: elegant, able to convey reams of information in a single line, and so easy-on-the-eyes that looking up and off the page almost always ends up a minor disappointment."-- Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
"A deserved prize winner at Angoul�me. Debeurme has created characters of tremendous depth here, who succeeded in tugging on my heartstrings and drawing me in."-- Jonathan Rigby, Page 45
"There's a lot of sudden, surprising violence in Lucille (and maybe in Lucille) but there's a lot of heart, too... the story is solid and heartbreaking and it just feels true."-- Paul Constant, The Stranger
Winner of the Ren_ Goscinny Prize and the Angoul�me Essential Award.
After years of acclaim in Europe, graphic novelist Ludovic Debeurme makes his English-language debut with a book of quiet grace and staggering emotional power.
This rich and intimate story follows two teenagers, Lucille and Arthur, as they struggle with the complex legacies inherited from their families: legacies of illness and pride, of despair and hope. Somehow two lonely misfits form an instant connection, and with the intoxicating boldness of youth, they journey together across Europe, discovering each other, discovering themselves, and hoping against all odds to make their own destiny.
Lucille is more than a story about anorexia, alcoholism, and adolescence. ItÍs a story of love amidst tragedy, full of the halting awkwardness of life and the operatic grandeur of teenage emotion.