Bron and Ray are a queer couple who enjoy their role as the fun weirdo aunties to Ray’s niece, six-year-old Nessie. Their playdates are little oases of wildness, joy, and ease in all three of their lives, which ping-pong between familial tensions and deep-seated personal stumbling blocks. As their emotional intimacy erodes, Ray and Bron isolate from each other and attempt to repair their broken family ties — Ray with her overworked, resentful single-mother sister and Bron with her religious teenage sister who doesn’t fully grasp the complexities of gender identity. Taking a leap of faith, each opens up and learns they have more in common with their siblings than they ever knew.
I think I just don’t like Fantagraphics books. This is sad and real and I wanted Bron especially to do better by the end. It’s frustrating to watch characters make bad decisions and do things that will make things worse for them. I wanted Ray to stand up for herself more — she does try with Bron but then gives in with her sister.
There’s a bit at the beginning where I wasn’t sure if this was actually a monster story, but that’s explained later.
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