Long Story Short: 100 Classic Books in Three Panels (Hardcover)
Literature is long. Comics are short.
Does Proust get you down? Do you find The Unbearable Lightness of Being simply unbearable? Is The Inferno your own private hell? Do you long to be conversant about classics like Moby Dick, the Bhagavad Gita, Madame Bovary, and, um, Twilight?
Bestselling illustrator Lisa Brown (The Airport Book; Baby, Mix Me a Drink) did her homework. Long Story Short offers 100 pithy and skewering three-panel literary summaries, from curriculum classics like Don Quixote, Lord of the Flies, and Jane Eyre to modern favorites like Beloved, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and Atonement, conveniently organized by subjects including “Love,” “Sex,” “Death,” and “Female Trouble.” Lisa Brown’s Long Story Short is the perfect way to turn a traipse through what your English teacher called “the canon” into a frolic—or to happily cram for the next occasion that requires you to appear bookish and well-read.
About the Author
Lisa Brown draws things like illustrations and comics, writes things like books and book reviews, and teaches things to kids and college students. Her debut picture book, How to Be, was one of the Thirteen Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy. She is a comics contributor at The Rumpus and teaches illustration at the California College of the Arts. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. You can find her online at americanchickens.com or on Twitter: @lisabrowndraws.
"You probably began this quarantine with dreams of rereading Moby-Dick or Persuasion. But if you’re like me, you’re finding it hard to concentrate on anything more than a tweet. Fortunately, Lisa Brown has just published Long Story Short, a witty collection of cartoon book reviews."
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
"A collection of three-panel comics that slyly condense hefty works of literature."
—Lucy Knisley, author and illustrator of Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
"It’s lighter than CliffsNotes and quite possibly more entertaining than the originals (the horror, the horror!)"