Worm: A Cuban American Odyssey


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$29.99  $27.89
Metropolitan Books
Publish Date
7.5 X 10.1 X 1.0 inches | 2.55 pounds

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About the Author

Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who has exhibited internationally with shows in New York, Los Angeles, Havana, Berlin, La Paz, Cape Town, Prague, and London. A regular contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Time magazine, he has created over two hundred magazine and book covers and illustrated ten children's books, including Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, and is the author of Sergio Jumps and Sergio Saves the Game. Rodriguez's artwork is collected by various institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, and has received numerous awards from the Art Directors Club and the Society of Illustrators. Worm is his first graphic novel. He lives in New Jersey.


Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR and Kirkus Reviews
Winner of the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal

"Uniquely positioned to comment on autocracies and authoritarianism, Rodriguez reveals his personal fears about the future of the United States, particularly after the Jan. 6 insurrection. He portrays the crowd on the Capitol much like the one in Havana in January 1959 that starts the novel, bringing it full-circle in a striking visual comparison. It's these moments . . . that bump Worm up from good to great."
--Donna Edwards, Associated Press

"Shocking. Brilliant. Soul-shattering in its terrible beauty. In Worm, Edel Rodriguez rips open a heart-shaped window onto a hate-shaped world. I can't believe he survived it, but am deeply glad he did and was able to tell the tale. This book is so good it will likely be banned in Florida."
--Chip Kidd, author of The Cheese Monkeys

"Exhilarating, immensely powerful, gorgeous, Worm really does open the imagination and sweep you up."
-Philippe Sands, author of East West Street

"Worm has consumed me more than any memoir I've read before, and that is saying a lot. It belongs in the pantheon that Maus built."
-Steven Heller, Print Magazine

"A stunningly rendered elegy."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A sharply observed document of totalitarianism and its discontents--this gifted artist in particular."
-Kirkus (starred review)

"A powerful addition to the journalistic memoir comics canon."
-Booklist (starred review)

"Fascinating and complex... A passionate firsthand account of historical events and a compelling coming-of-age tale in one."
-Library Journal

"[Edel Rodriguez] is a master at line, perspective and 'economy of means'. The drawings in the book are amazing... I particularly loved the drawings of Edel's father, Tato, who grows old throughout the book. Beautiful. I just really enjoyed this book... it was a joy to read and gave me quite a bit to think about."
-Jeff Soto