MY PERFECT LIFE — by Linda BarryDrawn & Quarterly
Text and illustrations: Linda Barry
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Size: 9.5 x 6 inches
Maybonne and Marlys Mullen endure the mortifying highs and lows of middle school in this Lynda Barry classic.
Collected from the strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, which was serialized in alternative weeklies across the continent, My Perfect Life captures the moment when Lynda Barry finds the perfect balance in longer-form storytelling between the bellyaching laughs and the brutal reality checks. Along with the 2022 release Come Over Come Over, this collection continues to spotlight the life of teenager Maybonne Mullen. She suffers through the utterly relatable insults of junior high and the excruciating embarrassment caused by her little sister, Marlys. Hovering in the background, however, is a broken home, parents struggling with addiction, a grandmother who takes her granddaughters from the diverse big city to a bewilderingly bland small town.