Thanks so much to everyone who has read or supported the book so far.
It is utterly strange and frankly somewhat horrible to keep referring to Rosalie Lightning as a book, and not my daughter, but it is what it is.
The book has gotten some kind and generous reactions, for which I am grateful. A partial list is below.
The wonderful people at Wild Iris hosted a book release signing at which I got to see many of my friends from Gainesville, thank you all. An image from that is posted here.
"This is a gut-wrenching account of a young family who must find some way to keep going. "
Mental Floss review
"...tremendous...What catapults this graphic novel into greatness... is its honesty. "
Publishers Weekly starred review
"...watching his pen and his brush gradually feel out the contours of his loss is inspiring."
The Globe and Mail review
"He constructs the narrative arc so well, brings you so close to his tragedy, that I believe many copies of this book are going to end up salty and warped with tears."
Paris Review review
Miami Herald capsule review
Boston Globe capsule reviewGoodReads.com Reviews
Publishers Weekly profile (paywall)
Publishers Weekly podcast interview
Paste Magazine interview
Huffington Post interview
Comics Alternative podcast interview
NY MAg / Vulture Magazine interview
A January 2016 Indie Next pick, a Winter 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and THREE starred reviews: “Using stories from popular culture, mythology, and folklore as metaphors for his own experiences, Hart takes an extremely personal experience of loss and grief and makes it universal. Incredibly moving, and stunningly executed.” — Booklist, starred review
“The death of a child is one of the heaviest subjects imaginable, and to capture that devastation in a very cartoony style, as Hart does here, is no small feat. Beautiful and gut-wrenching…a gift to every reader and to anyone who has grieved.”
— Library Journal, starred review
“ROSALIE LIGHTNING is a masterpiece—and a luminous tribute to a brief, beautiful life.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review