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" aching clarity [is] evident in [Castrée's] sombre grey tones and her dexterous, serpentine lines."-Globe & Mail Best 100 Books of 2013

"With mesmerizing honesty Castrée resurrects the obscenely disorienting turning points of a childhood, the ones that haunt a person for a lifetime. After reading the last page I closed the book and wept a little bit about its simple, perfect ending."
-MIRANDA JULY, author of It Chooses You and No One Belongs Here More Than You

Goglu is a daydreamer with a young working mother, a disengaged stepfather, and a father who lives five thousand miles away. Drawing, punk rock, and the promise of true independence guide Goglu to adulthood while her home's daily chaos inevitably shapes her identity. Susceptible is a devastating graphic novel debut by Geneviève Castrée; it's a testament to the heartbreaking loss of innocence when a child is forced to be the adult amongst grownups..

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:80 pages

    Susceptible Reviews

  • Charles Hatfield
    Mar 16, 2013

    Susceptible, a seeming autobiography, explores thematic ground familiar from the graphic autofictions of Lynda Barry, Debbie Drechsler, or Phoebe Gloeckner: that of an unidealized and conflicted girlh...

  • Dov Zeller
    Jan 25, 2016

    "I'm eighteen. I have all my teeth. I can do whatever I want." Thus ends the harrowing story of Goglu's troubled young life, on a vaguely positive note. As if surviving with all of one's teeth is the ...

  • kaelan
    Nov 07, 2013

    I'd never heard of Geneviève Castrée when I saw her give a talk at a small gallery in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Generally, artist talks make me nervous, insofar as the writer or the musici...

  • Raina
    Jul 18, 2016

    Heart-breaking and beautiful - I didn't even realize that I was reading it right around the time that the author died. Or that she has a lot of connections with my community.Is it a life neglected? Ma...

  • David Schaafsma
    Jun 05, 2013

    23 year old Canadian woman's memoir about growing up with a drunk stoner Mom and emotionally abusive mom's boyfriend... Dad figures in, too... everything happens: bulimia, drug abuse, depression and S...

  • Andrew
    Aug 17, 2016 read that the author has cancer. damn. I love this book and her contribution to the d+q anthology last year was top notch. it's late, I was just doing some...

  • Grg
    Mar 12, 2013

    This is a nice companion to Nicole Georges' CALLING DR LAURA (another book about a mother not acting very motherly). I like seeing these memoirs that don't pull punches or try to make excuses for othe...

  • Diana Tejeda
    Aug 01, 2016

    Me, walking around at SDCC 2016, I suddenly see Peggy Burns at the D&Q table, I approach her and tell her how much I enjoyed her words at the Eisner she thanks me deeply, and asks if she can give me a...

  • marvellings
    Sep 08, 2016

    This book is like an autobiographical exorcism. In Susceptible, Castrée illustrates episodes from her own childhood and adolescence, while being raised by a young mother whose own emotional maturity ...

  • Michelle Lynne
    Mar 20, 2014

    I really liked the story behind this graphic novel, and it was refreshing to be getting what seemed like a very real story. On the other hand, I found it quite hard to read because of the font style. ...