MELVILE GN (C: 0-1-0)
Samuel Beauclair's life has hit the skids. He's late with his second novel, he's going through a rough patch with his pregnant wife, and the bank is foreclosing on his apartment. Desperate, he flees to Melvile, an idyllic small town in the middle of nowhere where he once spent vacations with his novelist father. After spending most of his days drinking, smoking, and staring at a blank page, Sam eventually takes a job as a handyman for a pair of siblings in town, David and Rachel. Sam paints their house each day and, slowly, the trio become friends, with Sam beginning to shed some of his troubles. But is it a true fresh start, or just a willful denial of reality? Winner of the Belgian Prix Diagonale for best graphic novel of the year.