Inspired by her own curiosity about a new boyfriend's past relationship, Leanne Shapton's Was She Pretty?, first published in 2006 and available in paperback starting today, is one of the rare few truly beautiful things to come out of jealousy. At turns funny, sweet, and heartrending, Shapton's exploration of how we take stock of our own expired relationships (and those of the ones we love) comes in the form of willowy illustrations and snippets of telling details that cleverly, and poetically, reveal the impressions we leave behind. Here, some excerpts from the book.
Was She Pretty? by Leanne Shapton (Drawn & Quarterly), $20, drawnandquarterly.com.