Passing for Human by Liana Finck – review

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A New Yorker cartoonist’s candid search for selfhood offers solace to anyone who feels different from others

The New Yorker cartoonist Liana Finck calls her graphic memoir a “neurological coming-of-age story”, and it’s true that one thread running through her tender, complicated narrative has to do with a certain kind of difference: Finck has often found it hard to bond with other people, and she suffers from an anxiety that is, at times, debilitating. But there is much more to her story than this. For one thing, she isn’t much interested in labels such as Asperger syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, finding them in her own case more restrictive than liberating. For another, her book is also about love, family, creativity and the quest for selfhood – in other words, with stuff that concerns us all. If reading it makes you think long and hard about neurological difference and the isolation ...