The House (English Edition) by Paco Roca

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In The House, three adult siblings return to their family's quaint holiday home a year after their father's death. They each bring their respective wives, husbands, and children there with the intention to clean up the residence and put it on the market, but as rubbish is hauled off and dust is wiped away, decades-old resentment quickly fills the vacant home. Through flashbacks in each sibling's memories - the fig trees they grew up climbing, the pergola they never got around to building, the final visits to the hospital - Roca gives us a glimpse into domestic moments of joy, guilt, and disappointment while asking what happens to brothers and sisters when the only person holding the family together is now gone. The House is both painful and touching, brilliantly rendered on panoramic pages by Roca, who is known for his empathetic books like the 2017 Eisner-Award nominated Wrinkles (Knockabout, 2015). At once deeply personal (dedicated to Roca's own deceased father) and entirely universal, The House details the struggle to overcome the past while holding on to memories.