Sleepwalk and Other Stories - Adrian Tomine
Summer Blonde (stories) - Adrian Tomine
Two story collections by the same author. Both present tales of the seemingly ordinary, the lonely, the mundane, the "motions", the self-analytical, the lost, the uncomfortable, the unconventional, the unseen and overlooked. Stories where characters find themselves in surreal moments where the present is too much to comprehend or too dull to bother with. Where the pause button has been pushed and the past comes rushing back to overwhelm the senses resulting in a state of consciousness akin to a lucid dream. Most are open ended, depicting moments and vignettes but not comprehensively painting a picture. The illustrations are great. The characters are touching. Tomine's style is very unique, distinct. The tone is hushed and tends toward a somber nostalgia.
Pairs well with Sunday morning coffee/tea.