Tim Appelo
December 14, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Come Over, Come Over

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Lynda Barry
publisher
HarperPerennial Library
genre
Fiction, Comic Books/Graphic Novels

We gave it an A

If you like The Simpsons, then you owe it to yourself to check out Lynda Barry’s cartoon novellas. Barry and her best friend, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, constitute a binary star: Both mine childhood memories with uncanny accuracy and subversive intent. And as demonstrated in Come Over, Come Over, the seventh collection of her work, Barry draws better. Her tales of junior-high folkways circa 1971 are timeless, hilarious, as packed with apt pop-culture observations as any Updike novel, and suffused with an unsentimental grief reminiscent of Raymond Carver. A

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