Rachel is a teenager who lives a grey suburban life in grey suburban England. It’s a world of scrambled eggs every Tuesday, brown sauce and warm beer. With her summer already mapped out for her, a job working at the butcher and a caravan holiday in Clacton, she longs to be treated as an adult. When a family friend invites her to spend the summer with them in Greece she jumps at the chance to escape her life. The Warners are everything her parents are not, glamorous, sophisticated and carefree. When Rachel meets Benjamin, the handsome young friend of the Warners, she soon learns that on a small island everyone knows each other’s business and feels the pain of growing up.
Drawn by Simon Gane, the artist behind the Eisner nominated Ghost Tree, They’re Not Like Us and Paris and written by Andi Watson, author of The Book Tour, Kerry and the Knight of the Forest and the forthcoming Punycorn.
“The spare dialogue flows naturally, propelling the story forward. The luminous, evocative artwork steals the show with its palette of blues and sandy browns accentuated with occasional pops of red and yellow. This is a contemplative study of a girl battered and disillusioned by her first glimpses of adult complexities. Atmospheric and nostalgic.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Watson (Breakfast After Noon) and Gane (Ghost Tree) whisk readers away to a sunny Greek fantasy island in this romantic character-focused graphic novel… Gane’s lush illustrations, portrayed in bright oceanic hues, earthy browns, and red accents, artfully render intricately detailed Grecian backdrops and conventionally attractive characters frolicking in the ocean. Watson conveys understated emotion via layered dialogue and measured pacing paired with deliberate plotting in this quiet, sun-drenched drama.” —Publishers Weekly
224 page full color paperback
Image Comics, 2022