With The Contradictions, Sophie Yanow delivers what is unquestionably her most accomplished work to date. This 200 page graphic novel chronicles Yanow's time spent as an American student coming of age in Europe – primarily Paris and Amsterdam. The narrative follows young Yanow as she navigates the nexus of connections between relationships, politics and theory (and drugs), and then strives to figure out how all these fit together to form a cohesive sense of reality. As the reader is gradually drawn into this vortex, they will be brought face to face with... the contradictions.
“The Contradictions is a masterpiece. Sophie Yanow’s tale of hitchhiking around Europe under the spell of a sulky, fixie-riding anarchist is a pitch-perfect portrait of youthful disillusionment and self-discovery. Yanow’s impeccable ligne claire drawing seems to mathematically cancel out everything nonessential in her panels, and the effect is surprisingly, even transcendently, emotional.” —Alison Bechdel
“The Contradictions is Yanow’s best work yet. The atmosphere of Yanow’s lines paired with the clarity of her writing form a style of comics that I have never seen before. Every panel makes you want to cry and laugh simultaneously. “—Tillie Walden