Talking to Gina by Ottilie Hainsworth is an account of Ottilie and her family’s experience of taking in a rescue dog, Gina. Having personal experience of Taz coming to live with us from a rescue centre, I was interested to see how this graphic memoir compared.
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Myriad Editions (Graphic Novels) (30 Sept. 2017)
When Gina came into Ottilie’s life she hadn’t expected to fall in love and thought that was all behind her. She was unprepared for the emotional turmoil that would overcome her. For a start, Gina was a fox – or that’s what people said she was. How could she become so in love with a dog – which didn’t even look like one – when she had a husband and two children of her own? As we follow Ottilie’s love affair with Gina, we identify with the emotions and share a heart-stopping anxiety when Gina goes missing. Ottilie has no wish to disguise her own state of besotted affection, and this beautifully observed study of human and dog is viscerally real. It will appeal to anyone who has ever had a dog, cat, budgie – or even a fox.
Talking to Gina is so similar to my experience! it was very easy to identify with Ottilie’s feelings from the beginning.
How it first felt when Taz came home with us after visiting him several times at the rescue centre and taking him out for walks, what happened with our two cats, barking at things he had no experience of and he still looks at me for reassurance in situations he’s not sure of … are all simply and beautifully illustrated with brush and ink.
I’m sure it’s a collective experience however, when you’re reading it feels personal and gives that all important emotional link which makes a difference when Gina goes missing. You can’t help but put yourself in the situation and empathise. You really do feel Ottilie’s pain …
If you’ve ever loved a dog, Talking to Gina is told straight from the heart and will resonate with you.
Talking to Gina was published 30th September by Myriad Editions.
OTTILIE HAINSWORTH lives in Brighton with her husband, two children and a cat. She has promised they will get another dog when this book is published. She teaches a course on Graphic Novels and Real Life Stories at the Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, and has contributed stories as artist and writer to Brighton: The Graphic Novel . She was longlisted for the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition.
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