Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame

November 28, 2020
Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame

An intimate, clever, and ultimately gut-wrenchinggraphic memoir about the daily decision women must make betweenbeing sexualized or being invisibleIn Commute, we follow author and illustrator Erin Williams onher daily commute to and from work, punctuated by recollections ofsexual encounters as well as memories of her battle withalcoholism, addiction, and recovery. As she moves through the worldnavigating banal, familiar, and sometimes uncomfortableinteractions with the familiar-faced strangers she sees daily,Williams weaves together a riveting collection of flashbacks. Herrecollections highlight the indefinable moments when lines arecrossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid beingobjectified is to simply cease to draw any attention to herphysical being. She delves into the gray space that lives betweenconsent and assault and tenderly explores the complexity of theshame, guilt, vulnerability, and responsibility attached toboth.