“I don’t draw because I love to draw. I don’t draw because I draw well. I draw because once, I lost something – and by drawing, I will find it again.”
Melancholy and funny, personal and surreal, Passing for Human is a neurological coming-of-age story in which Liana Finck goes in search of that thing she has lost – her shadow, that part of her that has always felt as though she is living in exile from the world. On a quest for self-understanding and self-acceptance, along the way, she seeks to answer some eternal questions: What makes us whole? What parts of ourselves do we hide or ignore or chase away – because they’re embarrassing, or inconvenient – and at what cost?
Part magical odyssey, part feminist creation myth, Passing for Human is most of all an extraordinary, moving meditation on what it means to be an artist and a woman.
“In this elegant graphic memoir of being the odd woman out... Finck’s whimsy acts as a microscope to better understand family, romance, and isolation... Becoming human is a lifelong task—but Finck illustrates it with humor and panache.”
“In its ambition, framing, and multiple layers, [Passing for Human] raises the bar for graphic narrative. Even fans of [Liana Finck’s] work in the New Yorker will be blindsided by this outstanding book.”
“It's impossible not to admire both [Finck’s] ambition and the beautiful economy of her line drawings… There is a resonant truth at the heart of this book, and it soars above everything else.”
Rachel Cook, Observer
“A sure hit for readers of graphic memoirs.”
“Strangely compelling... gorgeous.”
Teddy Jamieson, Herald Scotland
“A beautiful, fictionalised memoir combines intelligence and appealingly scratchy artwork with serious soul-searching.”
Guardian, 50 of the Biggest Books to Look Out For in Autumn 2018
“Passing for Human is a bildungsroman of sorts, laying out all the decisive moments that have made Finck who she is now… simultaneously odd and precise.”
Sian Cain, Guardian
“[A] compelling memoir…Passing for Human, proves creativity and mental health through a mix of frank self-analysis and rich, fable-like storytelling. It’s a fine account of how the mind can soar even as doubt roars in the ears.”
James Smart, Guardian, **Books of the Year**