something new

Something New: Tales From a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley

I'm not sure whether Knisley intended a trilogy with An Age of License, Displacement, and Something New but I cannot help but see it that way. 

In License she's still a wanderer, missing her ex and vainly hoping that a handsome Swede and a journey through Europe will help her find her way. In Displacement, she is immersed in the overwhelming and startling world of her grandparents' decay. In Something New she enters something old by way of reuniting with her ex and something new by way of being dropped, mostly against her will, into the world of wedding planning and being a bride. 

If you're not already familiar with Knisley or I otherwise haven't made it clear, these books are graphic memoirs - representations of the real events in Knisley's life. When I finished Displacement, though, it felt like a cliffhanger in a novel - I was so anxious to find out what happened with her romantic life. And yet at the same time, I didn't want to follow her on social media and have the next book spoiled! (I did, of course, so no surprises with Something but I still had a lot of fun reading about the reunion.)

Knisley chronicles her hesitations, frustrations, and inspirations during the decision-making process. Each chapter ends with a larger-world story explaining things like the history of marriage, different bridal hairstyles, varying wedding superstitions. 

As always, Knisley's illustrations are some of my favourites and her storytelling reflect that high quality.