The debut graphic novel by award-winning New Yorker cartoonist Will McPhail, In is intimate and accessible, a smart commentary on modern life and a joyful celebration of being human.
'Brilliant.' Candice Carty-Williams
'This is a miraculous book.' Joe Dunthorne
'A curious, funny and deeply human story.' Emmy the Great
Nick, a young illustrator, can't connect with people. Whether it's the barista down the street, his own family or Wren, an oncologist whose life becomes painfully tangled with his, Nick can't shake the feeling that there is some hidden realm of human interaction beyond his reach. He staggers through meaningless conversations and haunts lookalike, vacuous coffee shops in the hope that he will find it there. But it isn't until Nick learns to stop performing and speak about the things that really matter that the complex and colourful worlds of the people he meets are finally revealed to him.
Illustrated in both colour and black-and-white in McPhail's instantly recognisable style, In is poignant, fresh and hilarious. McPhail transforms the graphic novel with a heart-wrenching compassion uncannily appropriate for our isolated times.
Brilliant. IN feels so real to me. - Candice Carty-Williams
This is a miraculous book. Very funny, very sad and very beautiful - all at the same time, somehow. - Joe Dunthorne
A curious, funny and deeply human story about growing up in adulthood. Asks all the questions, and makes a case for real connection in a world full of podcasts and plant-based milk. - Emmy the Great
The visuals are scrumptious and the yearning for personal connection is deeply relatable . . . McPhail presents [beats] with style and grace, deftly moving the story along with subtle, impactful visual cues . . . Gorgeous. - Kirkus Reviews