Middle Age Spread: A For Better or For Worse Collection Paperback – Aug 1 1998
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About the Author
Lynn Johnston was born in Collingwood, Ontario, and grew up in British Columbia. Today, she lives in Corbeil, Ontario. Johnston is the first woman to receive a Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society in 1986. She has also received the Order of Canada and claims a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
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I love comic strip collections. On the whole, they're cheaper than buying a year's worth of newspapers, and invaluable if you miss several issues.
In this particular collection, Elly and Phil's dealings with their aging parents hit a little close to home with me, as I and my brother find ourselves in a similar situation. It's uncanny because I experienced some of the guilt, helplessness, and frustration that were portrayed, and I felt a strange kinship with Elly Patterson. I mean, I, a middle aged, never-married Black American suddenly had something in common with a fictional Canadian housewife! I guess it goes to show there are some things we all go through at one time or another. I can think of no better comic than For Better or For Worse to help point that out.
In true Dakota Indian style, April sets out to search for the killer of her sister. The mime had been killed in such a way that no one could recognize him. Speculation has it that Michael was that mime, he had not been seen for days. The Pattersons were waiting for the DNA tests from the bludgeoned mime.
Who is the killer of these Patterson children? Is it the corrupt RCMP of the great north? Or, sadly, is it one of the parents of the two children? What were the sacred artifacts found at the sight of the dead bodies? What clues do they give?
I won't give you the ending of this classic FBOFW, all I can tell you is that you will be shocked.