Stone Fruit by Lai, Lee
Lee Lai

Stone Fruit -- Lee Lai - Hardcover

2022 ALA Stonewall Award Honor Book

2022 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, LGBTQ Comics

2022 Cartoonist Studio Prize

2021 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree

Bron and Ray are a queer couple who enjoy their role as the fun weirdo aunties to Ray's niece, six-year-old Nessie. Their playdates are little oases of wildness, joy, and ease in all three of their lives, which ping-pong between familial tensions and deep-seeded personal stumbling blocks. As their emotional intimacy erodes, Ray and Bron isolate from each other and attempt to repair their broken family ties -- Ray with her overworked, resentful single-mother sister and Bron with her religious teenage sister who doesn't fully grasp the complexities of gender identity. Taking a leap of faith, each opens up and learns they have more in common with their siblings than they ever knew.

At turns joyful and heartbreaking, Stone Fruit reveals through intimately naturalistic dialog and blue-hued watercolor how painful it can be to truly become vulnerable to your loved ones -- and how fulfilling it is to be finally understood for who you are. Lee Lai is one of the most exciting new voices to break into the comics medium and she has created one of the truly sophisticated graphic novel debuts in recent memory.

Author: Lee Lai
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Published: 05/11/2021
Pages: 236
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.15lbs
Size: 9.60h x 8.30w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781683964261
Award: Stonewall Book Award - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 03/01/2021
Library Journal 04/01/2021 pg. 52
Booklist 05/15/2021 pg. 39