Title:The Story of My Tits Written and Illustrated by: Jennifer Hayden Publisher: Top Shelf Year: 2015
In The Story of My Tits Jennifer Hayden takes the reader on a journey through the complicated and sometimes painful coming-of-age story of a young girl, the women in her life, and their battle with cancer. This graphic novel is based on Hayden’s life and her experiences with growing up, love, sex, but also illness and death.
Title:The Invisible Lesbian Written by: Océanerosemarie Art by: Sandrine Revel Translated by: Edward Gauvin Publisher: Delcourt Year: 2013 (French)/2015 (English)
This French graphic novel by Océane Rose Marie (Océanerosemarie is her pen name) was originally published by Delcourt in 2013 and is now available in English through Comixology. The story revolves around Océanerosemarie who considers herself an “invisible lesbian” and her journey from childhood to adulthood. As a reader, we follow the problems and insecurities that come with growing up as a lesbian.
You can get the graphic novel The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden for 4,49€ (normally, it’s 8,99€) at Comixology at the moment. I just started reading it and I can highly recommend this book to every person who is interested in coming-of-age stories, family dramas and cancer survivor stories.
This is what Comixology says about the book:
When Jennifer Hayden was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, she realized that her tits told a story. Across a lifetime, they’d held so many meanings: hope and fear, pride and embarrassment, life and death. And then they were gone. Now, their story has become a way of understanding her story. Growing up flat-chested and highly aware of her inadequacies… heading off to college, where she “bloomed” in more ways than one… navigating adulthood between her mother’s mastectomy, her father’s mistress, and her musician boyfriend’s problems of his ownnot to mention his sprawling family. Then the kids come along… As cancer strikes three different lives, some relationships crumble while others emerge even stronger, and this sarcastic child of the ’70s finally finds a goddess she can believe in.
For everyone who’s faced cancer personally, or watched a loved one fight that battle, Hayden’s story is a much-needed breath of fresh air, an irresistible blend of sweetness and skepticism. Rich with both symbolism & humor, The Story of My Tits will leave you laughing, weeping, and feeling grateful for every day.
I am going to publish a review of this amazing graphic novel as soon as I have finished reading it.