Quebec-bred, Washington State–based Geneviève Castrée is a comic artist, writer, illustrator, and musician with a backstory that will make your heart ache. In her semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Susceptible, Castrée revisits her ’80s childhood and ’90s adolescence in small-town and suburban Quebec, and describes, through the eyes of her protagonist, Goglu, the burden of having to be the grown-up in a world of unpredictable adults. We asked Castrée, who wrote Susceptible in French and translated it herself, to explain what’s going on in one of the scenes from her book.
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Geneviève Castrée launches Susceptible on Feb. 18 at The Beguiling, 601 Markham St., 416-533-9168, beguilingbooksandart.com.