Book review: Wrinkles by Paco Roca

A tender graphic novel that you want to go back to over and over again.

Emilio who lives with Alzheimer’s, is left in an assisted living home by his family. He doesn’t admit to his sense of loss. His pride is the last thing that he has left – and Paco Roca demonstrates why this is significant as the story develops. We get the opportunity as readers to reflect on our own prejudices and biases about dignity and age and how we care for others. Emilio gradually develops a friendship with Miguel – someone who deals with his situation in a different way – the pain he feels is mirrored by the self-loathing he plays out by exploiting others in the home. The isolation felt by some people, considered no longer useful/productive/relevant after having given their time/love/energy to work, family, friends and society, is something that the novel brings to the fore without getting preachy. The novel has won numerous awards and has been adapted into an animated film.

 

 

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