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The People Inside: 02/17/15
The People Inside by Ray Fawkes is the adult version of BirdCatDog in that it's twenty-four individual stories, some of which are inter-related. How they all flow together is part of challenge of reading it.
When the book opens, there are twenty-four panels that are divided up into twelve couples. Among them: there's a woman in a bad relationship, now finding herself pregnant; there's a happy couple trying for their first child; there are the newlyweds'; there's the gay couple opening up a bakery together; there's the one night stand. And so forth.
Page by page we follow snap shots of their lives. Some are moments apart. Some are years apart. The flow of time isn't even across every panel.
And then, one by one, the panels go dark. Until all that's left is the same flowering tree shown at the very beginning.
If you're an emotional reader, have a box of tissues handy — or a stiff drink handy.