Selected as an ALA Top Ten Graphic Novel of 2016
Samantha and George are a couple heading towards a sabbatical year in the quaint Mexican town of Oaxaca. For Samantha, it is the opportunity to revisit her past. For George, it is an unsettling step into the unknown. For both of them, it will be a collision course with political and personal events that will alter their paths and the town of Oaxaca forever.
In tandem, the remarkable and arduous journey that a Monarch butterfly endures on its annual migration from Canada to Mexico is woven into Ruins. This creates a parallel picture of the challenges of survival in our ever-changing world.
Ruins explores the shadows and light of Mexico through its past and present as encountered by an array of characters. The real and surreal intermingle to paint an unforgettable portrait of life south of the Rio Grande.
Samantha and George are about to launch into a sabbatical year in the quaint Mexican town of Oaxaca. For Samantha, their journey is about fulfilling a life-long dream; for George, it is an unsettling step into the unknown. As they embark on their adventure, a monarch butterfly begins its arduous migration south from the United States to Mexico—a flight that requires remarkable endurance and a will to survive.
Beneath Oaxaca’s picturesque and serene veneer—the 16th-century architecture, the nearby ruins—it is a town shaken to the core by political unrest. As the monarch butterfly makes its challenging journey south, political events threaten to change the town forever—and personal events look like they will alter the paths of Samantha and George for good. Ruins masterfully captures the shadows and light of a troubled country, weaving together personal, political, and natural dramas into a thrilling portrait of life south of the Rio Grande.