Passport by Sophia Glock
Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel Memoir
Publishing Date: November 16, 2021
An unforgettable graphic memoir by debut talent Sophia Glock reveals her discovery as a teenager that her parents are agents working for the CIA
Young Sophia has lived in so many different countries, she can barely keep count. Stationed now with her family in Central America because of her parents’ work, Sophia feels displaced as an American living abroad, when she has hardly spent any of her life in America.
Everything changes when she reads a letter she was never meant to see and uncovers her parents’ secret. They are not who they say they are. They are working for the CIA. As Sophia tries to make sense of this news, and the web of lies surrounding her, she begins to question everything. The impact that this has on Sophia’s emerging sense of self and understanding of the world makes for a page-turning exploration of lies and double lives.
In the hands of this extraordinary graphic storyteller, this astonishing true story bursts to life.
Thoughts and Themes: I really enjoy memoirs that are told in graphic novel format as I think you get a different way of story telling in this form. I really enjoyed getting this story told in this format as it lent itself well to the graphic novel.
Characters: I really liked all of the characters that you get to meet in this whole book. I loved how so many of the people that Sophia meets look the same throughout the book. I thought that them all looking the same was great because Sophia never really attached to anyone. The characters that were more distinct were the people that Sophia allowed herself to get close with.
Writing Style and art style: I loved the art style of this story as all of the colors were muted and I think this added to the story that this book was trying to tell. I liked the way the characters were drawn and how there was distinctions between each of the people depending on their relationship with Sophia as well as their ages.
I really loved how this story wasn’t just about Sophia’s parents being CIA agents but more so about her being a teenager and a coming of age story. I liked that there was no clear distinction between what was happening in the past and what was the present, I think this really added to the story because of how confusing it all was to a young Sophia.
Sophia’s comics and cartoons have been published in The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Narratively, MUTHA Magazine, and Time Out New York. Her work has also been featured in various anthologies including, Ink Brick, Suspect Device, Quarter Moon, DIGESTATE, Rabid Rabbit, and Kilgore Quarterly. Her collection of comics Born, Not Raised was selected to be included in The Society of Illustrators Cartoon and Comics Art Annual 2016 and her short comic The Secrets in My Mother’s Nightstand was
shortlisted for The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year in 2016.
In 2008 she was a recipient of a Xeric Foundation Grant for her comic, The Deformitory. She is also the author of The Lettuce Girl, SemiSolid, Over Ripe and Passport: Fig. You can pick up her mini comics at indie-friendly stores across the country, or from Bird Cage Bottom Books.