La Perdida by Jessica AbelLa Perdida by Jessica Abel

La Perdida

byJessica Abel

Paperback | May 20, 2008

Pricing and Purchase Info

$15.08 online 
$25.95 list price save 41%
Earn 75 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


From the Harvey and Lulu award–winning creator of Artbabe comes this riveting story of a young woman’s misadventures in Mexico City. Carla, an American estranged from her Mexican father, heads to Mexico City to “find herself.” She crashes with a former fling, Harry, who has been drinking his way through the capital in the great tradition of his heroes, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Harry is good—humored about Carla’s reappearance on his doorstep—until he realizes that Carla, who spends her days soaking in the city, exploring Frida Kahlo’s house, and learning Spanish, has no intention of leaving.

When Harry and Carla’s relationship of mutual tolerance reaches its inevitable end, she rejects his world of Anglo expats for her own set of friends: pretty-boy Oscar, who sells pot and dreams of being a DJ, and charismatic Memo, a left-wing, pseudo–intellectual ladies’ man. Determined to experience the real Mexico, Carla turns a blind eye to her new friends’ inconsistencies. But then she catches the eye of a drug don, el Gordo, and from that moment on her life gets a lot more complicated, and she is forced to confront the irreparable consequences of her willful innocence.

Jessica Abel’s evocative black–and–white drawings and creative mix of English and Spanish bring Mexico City’s past and present to life, unfurling Carla’s dark history against the legacies of Burroughs and Kahlo. A story about the youthful desire to live an authentic life and the consequences of trusting easy answers, La Perdida–at once grounded in the particulars of life in Mexico and resonantly universal–is a story about finding oneself by getting lost.

From the Hardcover edition.
Jessica Abel is the author of Soundtrack and Mirror, Window, two collections that gather stories and drawings from her comic book Artbabe, which she published between 1992 and 1999. She also collaborated with Ira Glass on Radio: An Illustrated Guide, a nonfiction comic about how the public radio program This American Life is made. Abel...
Title:La PerdidaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.4 × 6.68 × 0.83 inPublished:May 20, 2008Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375714715

ISBN - 13:9780375714719

Look for similar items by category:


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Annoyance I bought this graphic novel quite recently and what struck me immediately was the aesthetic and art style. It is quite busy, with the entirety seemingly drawn with a pen, mimicking the hectic world of Mexico. However, what is most disappointing is the main character's (Carla) motive and her lack of awareness that gradually becomes more of an annoyance. Carla yearns to become familiar with the other half of her Mexican heritage, to the point of desperation. She befriends some locals who are clearly sketchy, with her friends and brother even pointing it out blatantly, however she refuses to listen to them. Carla is a difficult character to relate to and is not a prime example of a female figure to look up to. Overall, her character disconnects me from the plot, which is quite slow in the first 3/4 and the only pro is the artwork.
Date published: 2016-11-18

Editorial Reviews

“Jessica Abel’s La Perdida is rich, engrossing, and memorable—a true graphic novel.” —Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics“Put down your dog-eared Love and Rockets and read this. Fans of Los Bros will recognize a kindred spirit, but Abel is every inch her own artist. Her tale of Carla’s catastrophic folly is fierce and unforgettable.” —Susan Choi, author of American Woman and The Foreign Student“Jessica Abel is brilliant. She’s created amazing work for years, and La Perdida is her classic. It’s funny, politically astute, and heartbreaking. It’s graphic novel poetry.”—Sherman Alexie, author of The Toughest Indian in the WorldFrom the Hardcover edition.