Publication Date: October 3, 2009
The mostly true graphic memoir, about a little girl, who along with her four brothers are abandoned by their mother. A tragicomic dealing with sex, violence, hope and happiness. A sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always told with brutal honesty. Seven year old Katy Sue just wants a family to love her, but in her search for love she finds something even more valuable. SACRED HEART is a graphically rendered account of growing up in rural Pennsylvania in the 1960s and 70s in a orphanage run by catholic nuns. Kathy O’Connell’s messy, dark,distinctive illustration style with its wry observations and amusing details is fun to read and examine, and draws you into her story quickly.This is a story that’s loud, frank,dirty and not easy to put down.
About the Author
Kathy O’Connell is a visual storyteller. Combining her intense drawings with her frank way of putting things makes for a riveting graphic novel. She grew up in a catholic orphanage and sometimes for awhile she’d go to foster homes but she’d usually screw up and they would return her like a broken toy.Kathy did grow up eventually (sort of) and got a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She is currently living, loving, drawing and writing in the rolling countryside of Pennsylvania.