So I put together a book full of short stories about life in the suburbs that was to help me deal with the anger, fear, and frustration I felt with what I saw, especially what I saw in me. Shaun Tan put together a book full of short stories about life in the suburbs that's brimming with hope, honesty, humor, and amazing artwork.
Tan's Tales from Outer Suburbia was up for a World Fantasy award this year for Best Collection. It didn't win -- the other nominees are damn good, too, and I couldn't pick one as the best -- but Tan did win for Best Artist. I think he deserves it. This book is so beautiful, and not just visually; the images and words bring out the best in each other. I really recommend it.
To get this book, I had to go to the children's section of the local library. Sometimes I feel awkward doing that, as if I have no right to go in there without a child of my own. But I remind myself, as I tell you now, that good books that have the "juvenile" label on them will ring just as true to adults. Read Shaun Tan's book, and you will be richly rewarded.