RUINED MY RHYTHM, VOLUME ONE
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A snarky, intelligent outsider, Maria is hard, edgy & tough. When her mother suddenly dies, she sets off to find her estranged father in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
What happens when the dying wish of your mother is for you to find the father you never knew?
Maria’s pen and ink sketches always seem to cause things to happen. Six months after a stray bullet from a drive-by kills her mother, she steals from a foster family and leaves town in search of answers and her estranged father.
A snarky, intelligent outsider, Maria is hard, edgy and tough, a combination of Lisbeth Salandar, the angry, volatile main character from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and cynical, witty, coming-of-age Enid Coleslaw from Daniel Clowes‘ Ghost World.
You don’t know me!
In the process of searching for her father, Maria meets a couple of stoners, Ben and Charlie, who are anachronistically taking their Microbus to California to follow Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.
She meets a waitress named Terri who becomes her absolute best friend and treats Maria like the sister she’s always wanted. She falls for a charming jazz guitar player named David who comes close to cracking her tough exterior.
With all of these new relationships, will Maria risk taking time to connect or will she keep everyone at a distance as she looks for her father?
Maria’s sketches that predict possible futures, a Volkswagon Microbus painted yellow and black that attracts bees and Terri’s grandmother who literally hasn’t slept in decades all provide a unique touch of Neil Gaiman or Gabriel Garcia-Marquez-type magical realism.
Universal relationships of love and friendship that sometimes seem just beyond reach is what Ruined My Rhythm, Volume One is all about.
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