Friday, October 28, 2011

Was She Pretty? by Leanne Shapton

Everyone has an ex in there life. You either have one or are one. After Leanne Shapton kept finding pictures of her boyfriend's ex around his apartment, she started to wonder about people's exes. What were they lacking? What happened to them? What imprint did they leave on their significant other? After interviewing friends and acquaintances, she developed this book of vignettes about exes and how they affect us.

These were short little anecdotes, ranging from one sentence to a storyline spanning several pages. There were never more than three sentences per page and a sketched picture always accompanied each paragraph. It's weirdly touching and psychological without giving a lot of details or going into a lot of depth. You see glimpses of back-stories, personality conflicts, and the backlash of relationships.

Gripping, deep, and minimal. Wonderful.

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