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Secret Life



written and illustrated by
Theo Ellsworth

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Drawn & Quarterly
Imprint
Drawn & Quarterly
ISBN
9781770464032
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Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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An uncanny and eye-opening journey into a mysterious building, adapted from a short story by Jeff VanderMeer

To the west: trees. To the east: a mall. North: fast food. South: darkness. And at the center is The Building, an office building wherein several factions vie for dominance. Inside, the walls are infiltrated with vines, a mischief of mice learn to speak English, and something eerie happens once a month on the fifth floor. In Secret Life,, Theo Ellsworth uses a deep-layered style to interpret Nebula Award-winning author Jeff VanderMeer’s short story. What emerges is a mind-bending narrative that defamiliarizes the mundanity of office work and makes the arcane rituals of The Building home.

When his manager borrows his pen for a presentation, a man is driven to unspeakable acts as he questions the role the pen has played in his workplace success. The despised denizens of the second floor develop their own tongue, incomprehensible to everyone else in The Building. A woman plants a seed of insurgency that quickly permeates every corner of the building with its sweet, nostalgic perfume.

With deft insight, Secret Life observes the sinister individualism of bureaucratic settings in contrast with an unconcerned natural world. As the narrative progresses, you may begin to suspect that the world Ellsworth has brought to life with hypnotic visuals is not so secret after all; in fact, it’s uncannily similar to our own.

Black-and-white illustrations drawn with a Rapidograph pen.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

184

Trim Size

8 4/5" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2022

Book Genres

Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Thriller

Topics

Ecological thriller. Capitalism. Consumerism. Horror. Office work. Office buildings.

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