Writer and Artist: Miriam Katin
Letting It Go is an autobiographical graphic novel, the author's second. Miriam and her husband live in New York. Their adult son Ilan has decided to settle in Berlin, much to Miriam's dismay. She is a Holocaust survivor and therefore has understandable anxieties regarding Germany and Germans. Over the course of the book, she and her husband visit Berlin twice and we get a ringside seat as she reconciles the new, repentant Germany with the horrors of the past.
Obviously, the story gets heavy at times but not actually as much as one might expect. It's hopeful by the end. Katin's artwork is lovely, colored crayon her chosen medium, allowing a certain softness in the images. Very human.
I'm definitely interested in her previous book, We Are on Our Own, the story of her mother's and her experiences during World War II.