“Gabrielle Bell has a touch of the kismet that’s indispensable for a great memoirist: Like David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, she has a knack for stumbling upon unusual people.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“Published shortly before the fall wine-country wildfires began, this Northern California story illuminates how fragile our relationships are and how quickly everything can go up in smoke.”
Featured in Washington Post’s Best 10 Graphic Novels of 2017.
In Gabrielle Bell’s much anticipated graphic memoir, she returns from New York to her childhood town in rural Northern California after her mother’s home is destroyed by a fire. Acknowledging her issues with anxiety, financial hardships, memories of a semi-feral childhood, and a tenuous relationship with her mother, Bell helps her mother put together a new home on top of the ashes. A powerful, sometimes uncomfortable, examination of a mother-daughter relationship and one’s connection to place and sense of self. Spanning a single year, Everything is Flammable unfolds with humor and brutal honesty. Bell’s sharp, digressive style is inimitable.
Gabrielle Bell’s work has been selected for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in McSweeney’s, the Believer, Bookforum, and Viceamong numerous other publications. Her story, “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” was adapted into film by Michel Gondry. Bell’s previous graphic novel, The Voyeurs, was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the Atlantic. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.