[Exit Wounds is] a graphic novel set amid the chaos and despair of the Middle East that somehow, even in that contested place, achieves a kind of radiant calm. It’s a love story. But it’s a love story that emerges ina  region so beset by the agonies of war that simple human affection- the ordinary, boy-meets-girl story repeated around the world about a thousand times an hour-might seem beside the point. In Modan’s hands, it isn’t. Her tale reveals the sound beneath the sound: the love that can flourish just one layer down from the blood and destruction.


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