Blue Pills

 BLUK   (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)

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One summer night at a house party, Fred met Cati. Though they barely spoke, he vividly remembered her gracefulness and abandon. They meet again years later, and this time their connection is instantaneous. But when things become serious, a nervous Cati tells him that she and her three-year-old son are both HIV positive. With great beauty and economy, Peeters traces the development of their intimacy and their revelatory relationship with a doctor whose affection and frankness allow them to fully realize their passionate connection. Then Cati’s son gets sick, bringing Fred face to face with death. It forces him to question the meaning of life, illness, and love—until a Socratic dialogue with a mammoth helps him recognize that living with illness is also a gift; it has freed him to savor his life with Cati.

Like the best graphic memoirs, Blue Pills frames a daunting subject in artistic and human erms in a way that is refreshingly honest and profoundly accessible. A brave and unsentimental romance, Blue Pills will speak to anyone whose love has faced great obstacles and triumphed.

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