Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Release: October 1st 2017
Received: Net Galley
Warnings: Eating Disorders, Drug Addiction
I received a copy of Ink in Water from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Ink in Water is an enormously stunning graphic novel full of pain, love, and recovery. Lacy J. Davis’ story comes to life with the help of illustrator Jim Kettner (and can I just say that I love his work?). Ink in Water is a truly unique and worthwhile read, even for those that have not suffered from an eating disorder (or any other form of addiction, for that matter).
Warnings first: This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Ink in Water contains a lot of information, talking, and images of people struggling with eating disorders and drug addiction. Some people may be triggered by this, so I felt it was important to point out. The message is well intended, with the focus on recovery and healing.
I was truly touched by the openness and honesty presented in Ink in Water. I appreciate that Davis was willing to talk about her story in such a way; though I’ll admit that knowing this was a true story did make it a bit tougher to read (understandably so, since nobody should have to go through that). If you’ve ever wanted to try and get a better understanding of what a person can go through during addiction and recovery, this may be a good place to start (though keep in mind that not everybody has the same experience, and thus remember to listen to other stories when presented to you).
I think it’s really important for representations like Ink in Water to be read (or seen, depending on the media), as it helps generate a better understanding and empathy. I will always respect any artist or author that puts themselves on the line to reveal something as deeply personal as this. In Davis’ case, not only does she not shy from the blunt truths of her past, but she tells her tale in such a heartbreakingly beautiful manner. It’s impossible not to empathize with her.