Greetings, readers! My name is Sareeta Domingo, and I’m an author and fiction editor. It’s my great pleasure to be bringing you a Book of the Week, each week here on Morning Mari.
In the last few days here in London, it’s felt like we’ve experienced all the seasons at once. So it seemed appropriate for my Book of the Week this week to be Manjit Thapp’s recent graphic novel, Feelings: A Story in Seasons. However, that’s the least of the reasons to pick up this gorgeous book.
In it, Thapp charts the journey of one young woman’s “seasonal experiences with anxiety”, moving through the positivity and hopefulness of the height of summer, and cycling gradually into darker, more introspective and listless feelings as autumn slips into winter—and then back again.
The expression of the character’s inner feelings working in tandem with the weather outside is done in a way that is intensely relatable and beautifully rendered through Thapp’s stunning illustration style. I don’t often read graphic novels, but books like this really do demonstrate how resonant it can be to pair economical words with careful, stunning imagery. It can definitely evoke as much reflection and interest as a lengthy novel, as demonstrated in this book. The challenge our protagonist faces in trying to find a balance in terms of her friendships and relationships, a sense of motivation in her artistic endeavours, as well as attempting to stay engaged in her day job at work, is rendered in a way that will easily find resonance with almost anyone who reads this book.
As we move into spring time, with all of its sense of potential for rebirth, reinvention and the possibility of new beginnings, Feelings: A Story in Seasons is the perfect book to take a moment to reflect. It would also make a stunning gift, as Thapp’s illustrations really are gorgeous. That is why Feelings: A Story in Seasons by Manjit Thapp, is my Book of the Week this week.