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Product Review (submitted on February 4, 2012):
Sure it reads like one of those elite, literary family novels, maybe John Updike, maybe J. Franz, where you have a family who hasn't had to struggle much and they come together for some large family crisis in some idyllic setting. Yet, in the hands of Dash Shaw it becomes an intriguing, curious, likable and fun read embraces the uniqueness of the comic medium instead of simply reading as a comic version of a type of literary fiction. At a beach house a fragmented family comes together around their aging parents who are getting a divorce. Figuring out why requires both internal and external exploration - and even then, not everything necessarily ties up nicely. But 500-600 pages blow by like a summer's breeze.