Lighter Than My Shadow

Publisher: Lion Forge

Writer: Katie Green

Artist: Katie Green

Release Date: 10/03/2017

SRP: $19.99

ISBN: 9781941302415

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A graphic memoir of eating disorders, abuse and recovery.

Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for breakfast.

But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly. One day you can find yourself being told you have two weeks to live.

Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.


KEY SELLING POINTS:

  • Deals with the important real-world topics of eating disorders and sexual assault in a sensitive, honest, and memorable way
  • Lighter Than My Shadow already received much positive press when it was published in England, with reviews in The Guardian, Stylist Magazine, Bella Magazine, and more

REVIEWS FOREWORD (STARRED) -- Katie Green's memoir, Lighter Than My Shadow, offers a personal, finely wrought examination of life with an eating disorder, as well as of the repercussions of abuse. Warning signs appear early. Young Katie seems obsessed with perfection, particularly with regard to her body image and tracking what she eats. When the problem manifests itself outwardly and Katie is diagnosed with anorexia, her parents consult an "alternative therapist" who betrays Katie's trust and adds another layer of emotional obstacles for her to overcome. Green's account is revealing, not just in its unguarded disclosures of events in her life but also in its exploration of what takes a smart girl from a supportive family down such a difficult path. Katie is a sympathetic, almost tragic figure as she cycles from one round of "recovery" to another and is nearly undone by the process. Finally, she achieves a delicate balance that allows her to move on with her life as an artist. Green's drawings capture feelings that her words alone cannot. There's no substitute for the visceral reaction to witnessing the shocking changes in Katie's body or seeing her doubts, fear, and obsessions manifested in the form of a black cloud, or shadow, that appears throughout the book-sometimes small, sometimes completely enveloping her. Lighter Than My Shadow features some adult content but is insightful and valuable for those of high-school age or even younger. It's a gripping memoir that survivors can relate to, and one that will produce a greater degree of empathy and understanding in those who have little experience with the subject. PETER DABBENE (September/October 2017) SHELF-AWARENESS -- The black-and-gray illustrations (with occasional splashes of color) set the tone and mood, depicting the bleakness of living with an eating disorder and the pain of uncovering abuse. The black scribbles are a constant; they stream out of a crevice in her head, they encroach upon her space. They take over one page, then another and another, until there is only darkness. Anyone even remotely familiar with addiction will recognize the immense frustration and weariness with oneself that comes with this process--and anyone who reads this book, addiction or no, has no choice but to experience the malaise along with Katie. The outcome is ultimately positive--Katie's recovery steadies and evens out by the end of the work--but Lighter Than My Shadow depicts the road to recovery with extreme precision and care.  PUBLISHERS WEEKLY -- Green looks back at a long struggle with anorexia in this hard-hitting graphic memoir, originally published in the U.K. Childhood fears led Green to develop rituals and routines to feel safe, which began to affect her eating habits (?Chew four times on the left... four times on the right... then two sips of water?). As Green grew into a teenager, these rituals?combined with her academic rigor and a barrage of offhand comments about her body?evolved into a focus on control and discipline in her eating, leading to extreme weight loss and professional intervention after she passes out at school. Minimal dialogue and narration keep the focus on Green?s grayscale artwork, which viscerally reflects how Green saw herself while in the grips of her eating disorder. Her body appears grotesquely distended in some scenes, she imagines slicing her thighs thinner with a cleaver in others; a scribbly black cloud is a constant presence, reflecting the inner voices she can?t escape. As the story moves into Green?s college years and beyond, she finds balance amid many setbacks but never sugarcoats the difficult and ongoing nature of recovery. Ages 14?up. (Oct.)

Format: SC, B&W - Size: 7 x 10 - Pages: 516 - Ages: 13+

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