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Coyote Doggirl by Lisa Hanwalt

January 22, 2019

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It is an adult Graphic Novel by the main illustrator of the Netflix show “Bojack Horseman”, an animated, dark comedy show about an aging TV star struggling with life and addictions added on top of the general Hollywood drama.

This book has nothing in common with it other than the same type of animal-human illustrations. The book does have some dark moments but the ending was a generous dose of western whimsy.

An odd duck of a book, but don’t let that deter you from picking up!

It starts with the main character on horseback, escaping some shadowy “guys” following her. At this stage you don’t know if it is unjustified or if she had scorned them in some western way.

She mainly talks to her horse, Red along the way as she outruns her pursuers before they fire arrows upon her, separating her and Red (luckily unharmed in the attack). She is found by a native tribe and healed.

The theme of the story stems from her struggle with her own identity. Her natural instinct, the coyote part of her, fights for dominance over the domesticated dog part, hence her name, Coyote Doggirl.

A quick read but a deeper meaning than just a girl in the west.

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