Babe in the Woods

or, The Art of Getting Lost
by Julie Heffernan

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From acclaimed painter Julie Heffernan, a wholly original and visually stunning four-color graphic work of autofiction about a young mother who—lost overnight on a hike with her infant son—experiences an extraordinary journey of memory, remorse, and rebirth that offers her a new way of seeing the world; for readers of...
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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Paperback


Number Of Pages 240

Publication Date 09/03/2024

ISBN 9781643755595

Dimensions 7.5 inches x 9.7 inches

"I love this! My words cannot do it justice."

— Roz Chast, bestselling author of Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? and I Must Be Dreaming

"Julie Heffernan’s mind-bending journey into a graphic cosmos of beauty, strange nightmares, and sublime fantastical visionary brilliance is a trip anyone will love taking."

— Jerry Saltz, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic for New York Magazine and bestselling author of How to Be an Artist

"Giotto and Georgia O’Keeffe are not going to give us graphic novels, but another great painter has: Julie Heffernan. Her reverie about getting lost in the woods with a baby strapped to her is many kinds of beauty: the sheer visual beauty of her paintings and drawings here, the beauty of introspection and of the brilliant exposition of a reverie during a walk that went too far into the unknown. Or just far enough to find those things that can be found no other way."

— Rebecca Solnit, award-winning author of A Field Guide to Getting Lost

"This is unlike any book I've ever read: enchanting. It's funny, and angry and political, full of grief, and beauty, and hope--and it's weird, and beautiful and full of mystery. It's a hero's journey where the hero is a female artist, a wife and mother with a baby strapped to her chest who is searching for a new, more authentic way to be in the world."

— Elissa Schappell, author of Blueprints for Building Better Girls and Use Me, co-founder of Tin House magazine

"Visual and emotional narrative dynamite. Julie Heffernan's vision, artwork, and paintings are dazzling, masterful, deep, evocative, irreverent, and lush as she travels the world of the collective unconscious. She is a very, very special soul and artist."

— David O. Russell, award-winning filmmaker

"I've admired Julie Heffernan's sublime paintings for decades. Babe in the Woods is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. Brilliant, engaging and elegant!"

— Emil Ferris, author of My Favorite Thing is Monsters