“Whether crafting memoir (“Stitches”) or fiction, few creators mine the pathos of a dark midcentury childhood like Small, who paints a sense of toxic masculinity as masterfully as he brings characters to life in sparse, chilling prose.”
Featured in Washington Post’s Best Graphic Novels of 2018.
Home After Dark is a graphic novel by E. B. White Award, Christopher Medal, and Caldecott Medal winner David Small, who is the writer of number one New York Times best-selling Stitches. The book is a brutal depiction the teenage years of a boy gone horribly wrong.
Home After Dark is an energetically cinematic and outrageously kaleidoscopic literary masterpiece that shows the savagery of teenage years of a boy, thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt, growing up in the 1950s. Russell is abandoned by his mommy. As he follows his daddy to the western U.S. state of California in search of a dream, he is suddenly forced to provide for himself in Marshfield. In the old town, Russell grapples to survive from a gang of malevolent boys who intimidate him for being different and a sadistic animal killer. Russell is rescued from his alcoholic father by a Chinese immigrant couple Jian Mah and Wen, who long for a child. However, Russell betrayed the Chinese immigrant couple’s faith by absconding with the proceeds from their restaurant.
Home After Dark is narrated nearly totally through collages of thousands of joined images using silent montages and angled shots similar to Hitchcock movies. Employing shocking graphics, the graphic novel becomes the latest form of storytelling.
Home After Dark was awarded Boston Globe Best Book of the Year and received starred reviews from leading publications including Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and favorable reviews from various authors of bestselling books, novels, and publications.