Walk Me to the Corner
by Anneli Furmark
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Pub Date 22 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 15 Mar 2022
Drawn & Quarterly, Drawn and Quarterly
Stability withers where passion blossoms in this cool-toned meditation on mid-life relationships.
A loving home and husband; two grown sons; a lakeside cabin with a picnic table where their initials are carved; and the chance encounter at a party that destabilizes it all. Elise is in her mid-fifties and is satisfied with life. But the moment she sees Dagmar, she’s entranced. What begins as eye contact transitions to harmless texting, and quickly swells into the type of lust and yearning Elise did not know her life was lacking. Both are happily married and there’s trepidation, but they can’t resist. The two arrange to meet, changing the course of Elise’s stable and consistent life forever.
Though Elise’s husband attempts to support her exploration, he also begins an affair with a much younger woman—a postgraduate student in her thirties. The cliché of it all is too much for Elise to bear. As her marriage unravels, Elise’s love for Dagmar grows stronger. But with Dagmar content to stay in her marriage, Elise is stranded, adrift, completely alone for the first time in her adult life, and searching for someone to blame—the other woman. In the blur of a breakdown, she’s left facing the reality that, after all, she started it.
In lush watercolor washes and pencil crayons, Anneli Furmark’s Walk Me to the Corner is a gorgeous portrait of desire and heartbreak, and the painful gamble the heart sometimes choses in spite of the mind.
"Anneli Furmark brilliantly captures the immutable—how passion and desire may come to you when you least expect it, and how the dormant heart once woken will not lie. This beautifully rendered story of desire and longing lit me up."—Hiromi Goto, Shadow Life
"Furmark gives us a very delicate book, mixing the sweetness of a new, beautiful, and important love with its pain, and the sour sadness of breaking something good. The story is masterfully told, and you read it like you watch a river flow, carried away by the calm but implacable waves. The grace and beauty of the artwork make it even more special. Walk Me To the Corner is a book you'll want to read when your heart aches a little, or when you're missing this particular aching."
—Mirion Malle, This Is How I Disappear, The League of Super Feminists
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Average rating from 8 members
So how many times have you read a graphic novel about two women in their fifties, having a passionate affair? Like me, probably zero times. That alone is worth the read.
I liked how the creator refused to shy away from the strong feelings that the women had for one another; especially lust (but it is not a "graphic" graphic novel). It seems that even the main character's friends found it difficult to believe she was experiencing such an affair.
This doesn't have a tidy wrap up and you may find yourself frustrated by the main character's disbelief that her actions had consequences, but it's an honest and true portrayal.
I liked the artwork as well, but I read it on my phone so I can't say too much about it.
This book is a good representation for the story of two women falling in love at an inconvenient time. Love is rarely convenient. When it happens, there's an opportunity to be open and accept it, or to remain closed and deny what is actually happening. Relationships can be complicated and when one lies to themselves about what they are feeling, it serves only to exacerbate the complications. Dagmar and Elise are married, to other people, when they meet. They both feel an immediate something. As the story unfolds and entwines, they both experience moments of sadness and frustration and fear and joy and happiness. Life is all of those feelings and more, this book needed to be written, needs to reach those who live a life similar.