Cover image for Hobo mom / Charles Forsman, Max de Radiguès.
Hobo mom / Charles Forsman, Max de Radiguès.
Publication Information:
Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books, Inc., [2019]

Physical Description:
62 pages : chiefly illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm
A single father and pre-teen daughter are reunited with the woman who once left them, forcing all three to confront their own notions of happiness and whether someone who covets independence so strongly can ever settle down, no matter the cost.-- Provided by publisher.

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Bob Harkins Branch1Received on 5/3/19



A cross-Atlantic collaboration, Hobo Mom was drawn simultaneously. Both cartoonists' clean line styles fit together perfectly to tell the story of Tom, who lives a simple life with his pre-teen daughter, Sissy. Her mother, Natasha, who left to hop trains and has become a vagrant, shows up on the doorstep of the family she abandoned years ago. There, Natasha finds an upset husband (who is still deeply in love with her), and a little girl yearning for a mother. Can someone who covets independence settle down?

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this understated, satisfying graphic novella, Natasha is a modern-day hobo riding the rails disguised as a man, eternally restless and congenitally unreliable. When she returns to Tom, a shy locksmith and the father of their preteen daughter, Sissy, she throws their small-town routine into disarray. Sissy is awed by her mother's womanhood and romantic tales of life in California redwood country, but Tom remains wary, knowing Natasha better than her daughter does. Forsman (The End of the Fxxxing World) and cartoonist de RadiguA"s collaborated on both the writing and drawing, and their low-key storytelling and clean, stripped-down art styles mesh so seamlessly that the book seems to be the work of one creator. The quiet story doesn't go into detail about the characters' pasts or motivations; it simply observes them at a certain point in time and then moves on, like a traveler hopping the next train out of town. This brief but well-crafted comic is a remarkably smooth collaboration. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.