In the conclusion of this two-part graphic novel, set in 1960s Chicago, dark mysteries past and present abound while 10-year-old Karen tries to solve them.
Vol. 2 takes place is tumultuous and violent Chicago in the summer of 1968. Young Karen attends the Yippie-organised Festival of Life in Grant Park and finds herself swept up in a police stomping.
Privately, she continues to investigate her neighbour’s recent death and discovers one last cassette tape that sheds light upon Anka’s heroic activities in Nazi Germany. She wrestles with her own sexual identity, and tells her good friend, Sam Silverberg, that the best birthday present she could receive is to ‘feel like there is someone in the history of the world who has been like me.’
In this second book, the cast of characters introduced in Volume 1 of Emil Ferris’ critically acclaimed masterpiece experience revelations and epiphanies that both resolve and deepen the mysteries earlier visited upon them. Visually, the story is told in Ferris’ trademarked style of a breathtakingly seamless combination of panel sequences and cartoon montages.
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