RONAN AND THE ENDLESS SEA OF STARS
by Rick Louis and Lara Antal
A graphic novel memoir recounting one parent's unique and wrenching journey caring for a child with a terminal diagnosis.
When Rick and Emily's infant son Ronan is diagnosed with Tay-Sachs, an incurable neurological disorder, they are faced with the practical and emotional hurdles of parenting and loving their son—despite the shadow of inevitable loss. Rick Louis narrates this original graphic memoir, with illustrator Lara Antal translating the space that Ronan occupies before, during, and after his life, using flights of fancy and imagination to express the bizarre, heartbreaking, and sometimes even silly reality of human beings suddenly trapped in an impossible situation.
Ronan and the Endless Sea of Stars is a story of warmth and of heartbreak—about finding joy in life, no matter how long or short that life might be.
Praise for RONAN AND THE ENDLESS SEA OF STARS
"A spare account of a short life that will leave readers feeling both uplifted and emotionally drained."
"Yes, Ronan made me cry, but it also made me hug my kids, and think about what I value in family and in life, and how I relate to those around me. You know, all the things the best art can inspire ... one of the year’s best works."