Additional Book Information

Series: New York Review Comics
ISBN: 9781681374048
Pages: 216
Publication Date: September 17, 2019


by Frank Santoro


Pittsburgh is the story of a family, and a city. Frank Santoro faces a straightforward yet heart-rending reality: His parents, once high-school sweethearts, now never speak to each other—despite working in the same building. Stuck in the middle, he tries to understand. The result is this book.

Using markers, pencils, scissors, and tape, with a variety of papers, drawing in vivid colors and exuberant lines, Santoro constructs a multi-generational retelling of their lives. Framed by his parents’ courtship and marriage, and set amid the vital but fading neighborhood streets, the pages of Pittsburgh are filled with details both quotidian and dramatic—from his childhood mishaps to his father’s trauma in Vietnam—interspersed throughout with the mute witness of the family dog, Pretzel.

Santoro, the acclaimed author of Storeyville and Pompeii, has created his masterpiece. Pittsburgh is an extraordinary reimagining of the comics form to depict the processes of memory, and a powerful, searching account of a family taking shape, falling apart, and struggling to reinvent itself, as the city around them does the same.

Fall Events with Frank Santoro

Saturday & Sunday, September 14–15
Small Press Expo
Bethesda, Maryland

Sunday, September 22, 3pm
Brooklyn Historical Society Library
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn
A Brooklyn Book Festival event

Friday & Saturday, September 27–28
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

Monday, October 7, 7:30pm
The Strand
828 Broadway at 12th Street, NYC
With Dan Nadel & Naomi Fry

Wednesday, October 16, 7pm
The Beguiling
319 College Street, Toronto
Workshop & signing

Wednesday, November 6, 6pm
Carnegie Library Main (Oakland)
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh
A Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures event

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Examining his mother and father’s broken relationship, Santoro (Pompeii) expands their story into a superb combination of family saga, coming-of-age memoir, and tribute to his hometown of Pittsburgh … He simultaneously pays tribute and bears witness in artful detail, creating an origin story sure to move many readers to reflect upon their own beginnings.
Publishers Weekly, starred review