Roz Chast’s New York Times-bestselling graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, published by Bloomsbury in 2014, documents the artist’s relationship with her elderly parents during their final years. The bisected panels of this original page illustrate the role reversal that aging imposes on the parent-child relationship, and the gulf between Chast’s reasoning and her mother’s private logic.
Roz Chast (b. 1954, New York) is a New Yorker cartoonist who first drew for the magazine in 1978. Known for her wide illustrative range, which spans from gag strips to children’s literature, Chast has received equally diverse honors, including the Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities (2015), the National Book Critics’ Circle award for Autobiography (2014), and the New York City Literary Honor for Humor (2012). Her recent books include Going Into Town: a Love Letter to New York (Bloomsbury 2017) and the acclaimed graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (Bloomsbury 2014). Chast’s work can also be found in Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones, among many other publications. She lives and works in New York and Connecticut.
Watercolor and ink on paper
12 × 9 inches