Writer: Tillie Walden
Artist: Tillie Walden
Publisher: 01 First Second
Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou.
This chance encounter sends them on a journey through West Texas, where strange things follow them wherever they go. The landscape morphs into an unsettling world, a mysterious cat joins them, and they are haunted by a group of threatening men. To stay safe, Bea and Lou must trust each other as they are driven to confront buried truths. The two women share their stories of loss and heartbreak--and a startling revelation about sexual assault--culminating in an exquisite example of human connection.
This magical realistic adventure from the celebrated comics creator of Spinning and On a Sunbeam will stay with readers long after the final gorgeously illustrated page.
"This latest by Walden uses heavily detailed illustrations and luminous, startling color to depict both surreal landscapes and subtle expressions, imbuing the story with equal parts paranoid tension and quiet wonder . . . A nuanced portrayal of the connection between Bea and Lou, nearly a decade apart in age but young and gay and navigating trauma and loss in rural Texas." --Publishers Weekly
"Walden is up to her usual visual tricks in her latest, with intriguingly layered, intricately detailed images in rich, warm, sunset colors that lack concrete realism but cultivate powerful atmosphere . . . A moving story of recovery and resilience." --Booklist
"Walden crafts a story rich in metaphor about two gay women on a journey through trauma and grief...A tsunami of emotions--sharp and heavy." --Kirkus
"With its spectacular art and original storytelling, Are You Listening? is a profound and magical road trip through a surreal landscape with two characters--and one special cat--who will break your heart." --Laura Ruby, author of National Book Award Finalist Bone Gap