A children’s book author, Ingrid Chabbert sets off to share the painful story of sharing her struggles with her inability to have a child and the loss of one via miscarriage in graphic novel format. A short, though not entirely sweet due to the sad nature of the story, the novel begins with a young woman and her wife as they embark on the journey to have a child together and face a number of struggles, many of which lead to the unending challenge of facing the days ahead of you after the loss of your child. Waves is a truly emotional story that, depending on who you are and how you feel about the subject, may be an easy or difficult graphic novel to read.
Though I have not yet reached a point in my life where I am trying to have a child nor have I ever had to experience the devastation that the author of this novel has I truly felt very close to this story. Infertility has always been a rather strong fear of mine, one that I am almost certain I will have a rather difficult time working through should it ever be an issue in the future. I have as a result, on occasion delved into these type of stories, I suppose in an almost preparation for the possibility.
Waves is a thoroughly personal journey that I feel a number of women may be able to connect with on some level, one that deserves respect and empathy. I couldn’t appreciate more Ingrid’s decision to share this difficult moment in her life with the rest of the world and I hope that someone somewhere out there is helped by her story and her words. The artwork is pretty phenomenal as well and definitely manages to impressively capture the moments and the emotions that go along with them. I’m very glad to have received a copy of this book.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.