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  • Published: 15 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787331204
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $39.99

Passing for Human

“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.

  • Pub date: 15 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787331204
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Author

Liana Finck

Liana Finck's work appears regularly in the New Yorker and on Catapult, and on her popular Instagram feed. She also has work forthcoming or previously published in the Paris Review, Slate, Harpers, the New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Awl, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She has been on contract with the New Yorker since 2015. Her first graphic novel, A Bintel Brief, was published by Ecco Press in 2014. She is the recipient of a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists; a Fulbright Fellowship; a NYFA award in fiction, and art residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. Finck received a BA from Cooper Union. Her Instagram account currently has over 160,000 followers, a number which grows daily. Among her followers are Mark Ronson, Alanis Morissette, Ariana Grande, Dan Savage, Christoph Niemann, and Jenny Slate.

Praise for Passing for Human

“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.”

Publishers Weekly

“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.”

Kirkus Review

“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**

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