Department of English

Deb Olin Unferth Publishes New Graphic Novel

Mon, October 30, 2017
Deb Olin Unferth Publishes New Graphic Novel
"I, Parrot" by Deb Olin Unferth and Elizabeth Haidle

Deb Olin Unferth, associate professor of English and Creative Writing, has published a new graphic novel from Black Balloon Publishing. The book: I, Parrot, is a collaborative project with illustrator Elizabeth Haidle.

From the publisher:

When Daphne loses custody of her son, she is willing to do whatever it takes to get him back—even if it means enlisting the help of the wayward love of her life, a trio of housepainters, a flock of passenger pigeons, a landlady from hell, a supersize bag of mite-killing powder, and more parrots than she knows what to do with.

I, Parrot dips into the surreal with poignancy and humor. In this riveting, funny, and tragic graphic novel, Daphne must risk everything. Her quest is ultimately a tale about civilization’s decline, the heartbreak of extinction, and the redemption found in individual revolution.

Here’s what people are saying:

 “A lovingly crafted world of gray, at once complex and weightless”  - Roman Muradov, author of Lost and Found 

“A deftly observed, sad, and ultimately hopeful fable about civilization, wildness, and love.” - Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood

I, Parrot beautifully renders the weird in-betweeness of life. It illuminates the messy: custody battles, insecticide hazards, the hairpin paths of love." – Leanne Shapton, author of Swimming Studies

Check it out on the publishers website, and join both authors for conversation and book signings at Malvern Books on Thursday, November 9th 8 p.m.


Bio: Deb Olin Unferth is an associate professor and author of four books, most recently the story collection Wait Till You See Me Dance. Her memoir,  Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War,  was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In addition, she published the story collection Minor Robberies and the novel Vacation, winner of the Cabell First Novel Award. Her fiction has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, Granta, and Tin House.


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