At a Crossroads

Between a Rock and My Parents' Place

Kate T. Williamson

     7 × 9 in (17.8 × 22.9 cm)
144 pages
144 color illustrations
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568987149

After graduating from college and spending a magical year abroad writing our best-selling A Year in Japan, Kate T. Williamson felt ready for anything. But, like many a postgraduate, she needed some time to figure out just what that anything was. Her parents' house in Pennsylvania seemed like the perfect place for a brief layover, but twenty-three months later, Williamson was still contemplating the past and the future, while explaining to curious neighbors that, at present, her life was "at a crossroads."

At a Crossroads is a unique graphic memoir about the common, yet little-discussed, "boomerang years." With sharp wit and expressive drawings, Williamson illustrates the joys, disappointments, comforts, and embarrassments of life back home with mom and dad. Highlights and low points include celebrating her twenty-fourth birthday at a Hall & Oates concert with her mother; noticing the train sounds from her bedroom for the first time; battling an infestation of squirrels; discovering that the ballet class she has signed up for is actually for children, and attending anyway; getting mail from her college crush, who has developed an interest in taxidermy; wearing a chain-mail belt of her own creation to her cousin's Renaissance-themed wedding. Moving from season to season, Williamson uses her delightful illustrations and vivid descriptions to discover the beauty and truth inside every hilarious episode. At a Crossroads is a book for young and old alike, or for anyone contemplating the little things worth noting in the times of our lives we often erase from our histories.

Kate T. Williamson is the author of A Year in Japan (2006, Princeton Architectural Press), Hello Kitty Through the Seasons!, Hello Kitty Hello Sparkle!, and Hello Kitty Everywhere! She is a writer and illustrator who studied film making at Harvard University. She grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania and now lives in New York City.

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