NY: Simon & Schuster, 2008.
In late December 2006, Lucy, the narrator and artist of this thoroughly engaging graphic journal, traveled from the family home in Rhinebeck, New York, to Paris for six weeks in company with her mother in celebration of her mother’s 50th birthday (and her own 22nd). Lucy herself had been attending the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago for four years and seems now to be a permanent transplant. Nor was she a stranger to the French capital, having spent the summer a couple years before backpacking around Europe with a close girlfriend. And her parents both obviously had spent a good deal of time there over the years. Which is to say, she’s far more experienced, sophisticated, and privileged in certain ways than most people her age. But she seems a very nice (and often “ordinary”) young woman for all that.