What Is Precious

Manu Larcenet

Marc comes to terms with having a child, the loss of his father and his relationship with him, his mother comes to terms with living alone, a man dies in the countryside, a journalist cracks under pressure. The final part of this extraordinarily moving story which has received top acclaim. It’s about small things, rare moments, banal sadness and an ordinary guy who’s just trying to live the best way he can.


An ICv2 Pick Hit to Click

"[The two volumes] taken together they offer a glimpse of the world that is not heavy handed or soft pedaled, but in its greatest moments, like any great work of art, it is possible to hold the pages up and through them, see the world." A top 100 Graphic Novel.
-Comic Book Resources

"Larcenet is witty and varies the mood of the piece so that it became
neither too introspective nor too slapstick. That wit shines through in his drawing as much as it does in the dialogue. There's a warmth in Larcenet's work that welcomes the reader in, but the questions he raises offer a challenge as well. We don't just read of Marco's life, we find ourselves asking the same questions he did, and that's why ORDINARY VICTORIES lingers in one's mind long after it's been read."

"A subtle, powerful work, using the tools of comic art beautifully."
-Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Masterpiece. The best example of graphic-novel realism to date."


61/2x9, 128pp, full color trade paperback: $15.95
ISBN 9781561635337