Stone Fruit

by Lee Lai

Hardcover, 2021




Fantagraphics (2021), 236 pages


"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-seeded 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."--Publisher's description.

Media reviews

[...] if its minimalist, indie-film tone is ever downbeat, it’s also, at moments, highly affecting.
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"Lai presents a tender and emotionally raw examination of three women struggling to form and maintain their identities within and outside of their immediate family, illustrated in a loosely expressive style that conveys both bombastic catharsis and silent anguish with aplomb."

User reviews

LibraryThing member villemezbrown
A slow-burn, lives-of-quiet-desperation relationship drama that starts with Ray and Bron literally running like wolves in the wild while babysitting Ray's niece, but then metaphorically stepping into the trap of unresolved family baggage and finding themselves gnawing their legs off to be free.
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Melancholy and painful, but enthralling all the same.
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LibraryThing member reader1009
adult graphic novel, queer interest and human interest (asian lesbian woman and caucasian trans woman reevaluate their relationship and their complicated relationships with their families)

Outstanding, skillfully rendered portraits of two people and the people they love.
LibraryThing member psalva
This was an emotional rollercoaster. There is so much to relate to in this story: struggling with family, dealing with depression and sadness. I think even though it's a sad read, it is also hopeful. The character of Nessie and the role that imagination plays in the characters' relationship with
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her is beautiful. Also, there is so much to be said about different kinds of family and how family goes beyond genetic relationships. I loved this.
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