Disclaimer: Arc via Netgalley.
Lydie is a ghost story, or is it? What it really is, is a story about a neighborhood. It is the neighborhood that pulls together in the face of a tragedy. Told by a statue, perhaps, it chronicles the life of Camille, a simple soul whose daughter is stillborn.
Or is the young girl?
That is the question – how real is Lydie and if she is real, how did she become real?
That too is the charm of the story. It is a wonderful little graphic novel about the power of a community that may not have much money and may not like each other but come together to help one of theirs. In the process, perhaps, they became better for it. The story is sentimental, but not sweet. It hearkens to Chocolat in part, that same type of feeling.
Lafebre’s illustrations are beautiful and remind me of the Triplets of Belleville