Jodie was Mari’s best friend through their teens and twenties. As young Mari began to explore her identity as a bisexual, biracial outsider in a rich, white town, Jodie was her constant confidant, even kissing Mari out of the closet. The two were inseparable as they sought to gain a foothold in life and love as young feminists, Jodie an entrepreneurial sex worker, and Mari working in the boys’ club of video game development in the late ‘90s. Then, suddenly and mysteriously, Jodie ends their friendship. Years later, Mari is stunned when she discovers why.
Now much older, Mari is ready to forgive, but her memories of Jodie seem to have vanished. Through journal excerpts, letters, conversations with friends, and cross-country travel, she pieces together lost memories from a lost friendship in an attempt at catharsis. The reader follows in real-time as the author unravels her own mystery, examining the expectations of friendship, the unreliability of memory, and the struggle to let go.
“This innovative graphic memoir… told through a captivating collage of cartoons, photos, and text. Its result equal parts wistful and skeptical, wise and all too human.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“MariNaomi’s memoir is a visual feast. Readers are confronted with the unreliability of memory—how trauma blankets the mind, how other friends see things differently, and who decides what matters. Forgiveness also looms large, as Mari grapples with what can be forgiven and what, if anything, someone can do to deserve it. Ideal for anyone who remembers the betrayal of losing your best friend but still knows that we all grow and change—so the future holds hope.” —Booklist
320 page full color paperback
Fieldmouse Press, 2023