9781501166433

All the Answers

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  • ISBN13:

    9781501166433

  • ISBN10:

    1501166433

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-05-15
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
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Summary

In this profoundly moving graphic novel memoir, Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Michael Kupperman tries to understand the life and mindset of his once-world-famous father—Joel Kupperman, the Quiz Kid who rose to fame, then public derision—before his father succumbs to dementia.

Joel Kupperman became one of the most famous children in America during World War II as one of the young geniuses on the series Quiz Kids. With the uncanny ability to perform complex math problems in his head, Joel endeared himself to audiences across the country and later became the basis of several characters in fiction. Following a childhood spent in the public eye, Joel deliberately spent the remainder of his life removed from popular scrutiny.

In All the Answers, his first graphic novel, Michael recounts the struggle to fully understand his distant father and his complex past, even as the onset of Alzheimer’s threatens to take away his present. With wit and heart, Michael presents a fascinating account of mid-century radio and early television history, the pro-Jewish propaganda the Allies used to counteract the Nazis, and the early age of modern celebrity culture.

Filled with wisdom and insight, All the Answers is both a powerful father-son story and an engaging portrayal of what identity came to mean at this turning point in American history. Perfect for fans of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

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