“absolutely stunning… an all new art form” –– 7x7 Magazine


“deeply satisfying… Madonna’s prose is magnificent” –– Foreword Reviews

“I have fallen really hard for this book, not only for its compelling characters, but in its themes of identity, love, the creative process, mental illness, escape, loss, how one moves through the world as an artist, and where ideas and creativity lurk.”
–– Melissa Cistaro, author of Pieces of my Mother

“a gripping and deeply mysterious novel about the nature of artistic creation and the wayward, confounding path of inspiration… a true work of art”
–– Glen David Gold, author of Carter Beats the Devil


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Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder—twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he’s drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with an enigmatic past. But when she disappears while hiking with two other women, Emit finds himself chasing down a mystery that promises to leave him forever changed.

From the artist and author of All Over Coffee and Everything is its own reward, Paul Madonna uses his signature blend of drawing and storytelling to deliver a beautiful and entertaining novel filled with suspense, surprise, and humor.

With over one hundred lush and haunting drawings, this full-length, character-driven story is a fresh and innovative reinvention of the illustrated novel.

Hardcover, 454 pages
Full-length novel, 100 drawings, full color
$34.99 USD
Fiction; ISBN: 9781513260815
Distributed by Graphic Arts Books
Availble through Ingram Publisher Services

• FEATURE - Hoodline
• REVIEW - Shelf Awareness
• REVIEW - Page Forty-Five
• INTERVIEW - with Deborah Kalb
• REVIEW - Foreword Reviews
• REVIEW - 7x7 Magazine


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