An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame



ISBN: 9781419736742 Category:

Erin Williams


An intimate, clever, and ultimately gut-wrenching graphic memoir about the daily decision women must make between being sexualized or being invisible In Commute, we follow author and illustrator Erin Williams on her daily commute to and from work, punctuated by recollections of sexual encounters as well as memories of her battle with alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. As she moves through the world navigating banal, familiar, and sometimes uncomfortable interactions with the familiar-faced strangers she sees daily, Williams weaves together a riveting collection of flashbacks. Her recollections highlight the indefinable moments when lines are crossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid being objectified is to simply cease to draw any attention to her physical being. She delves into the gray space that lives between consent and assault and tenderly explores the complexity of the shame, guilt, vulnerability, and responsibility attached to both.

Additional information

Weight 727 g
Dimensions 16 x 21.2 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 8 October 2019
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16 x 21.2 cm
Weight 727 g


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ERIN WILLIAMS is the author and illustrator of What's Wrong? Personal Histories of Chronic Pain and Bad Medicine and the co-author and illustrator of How to Take Care and the Big Activity Book series. She teaches art and writing in New York.