We’re very excited to share that our April Book Club pick is Gabrielle Bell’s much anticipated graphic memoir, Everything Is Flammable. Bell revisits her childhood home in the remote mountains of Northern California after her mother’s home, car, and belongings are suddenly swallowed up by a fire. Acknowledging her issues with anxiety, financial hardships, memories of a semi-feral childhood, and a tenuous relationship with her mother, Bell helps her mother put together a new home on top of the ashes. Spanning a single year, Everything is Flammable unfolds with humor and brutal honesty. Roz Chast, author of Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, writes:
Everything is Flammable is sometimes frightening, sometimes funny, sometimes incredibly sad, and always deeply engrossing. The center of Everything is Flammable is Bell’s complicated relationship with her complicated mother-a person who lives a lot farther off the grid than most people’s mothers. But there are many other characters in this book, and we want to know about all of the them. Bell is an acute and compassionate observer of her fellow humans.
Subscribe to the Rumpus Book Club by March 20 to participate in our month-long reading of Everything Is Flammable, which will culminate in a live, online discussion with Gabrielle Bell about the book!