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Let's Not Talk Anymore by Weng Pixin


Let's Not Talk Anymore by Weng Pixin


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Let’s Not Talk Anymore weaves together stories of five generations of women from Weng Pixin’s family, each at age 15. Their history is full of ruptures: Pixin's great grandmother Kuān was sent away from her family in South China; her grandmother Mèi was adopted by a neighbor to help with housework; and her mother, Bīng, was heartbroken by her father’s estrangement. Pixin’s own story centers on her feelings of isolation and her rebellion from her mother, and she envisions a fictional future daughter, Rita, who questions her family’s legacy. While spanning 100 years, Pixin's book moves back and forth in time seamlessly, as each woman experiences loneliness and kinship, hope and longing.

Pixin’s bold, vibrant paintings fill the aching silences between generations with beauty and emotion. Let’s Not Talk Anymore is a family history filled with tender moments as these women find connections with plants, animals, and their own creative pursuits, while struggling to connect with each other.

Selected praise:

"Blending history with autobiography with speculative fiction, Pixin’s narrative spans 100 years while remaining timeless in its depiction of how family bonds are formed and broken."—Winnipeg Free Press

"The slow care [Weng Pixin] puts into each page, enlivening it with floods and washes of bright color, suggests a sunrise rather than the same old merry-go-round. Rather than thinking the pain of the past should keep on being passed from back to back, she gently suggests that talking about it might eventually cause it to dissipate."—The Comics Journal

"This meditation on 'the women who made us' will resonate with any reader who’s pored over old family photographs in search of themselves."—Publishers Weekly

"Weng Pixin’s comics are tender... In Let’s Not Talk Anymore, [her] paintings haunt with the aching silences that hang between generations."—LA Review of Books blog

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