Blue Pills Hardcover (2008) comic books
1st printing. Story and art by Frederik Peeters. At a house party one summer's night, Fred met Cati. Though they barely spoke, he vividly remembered her gracefulness and abandon. Years later they meet again, and their connection is instantaneous. But when things become serious, a nervous Cati reveals that she and her three-year-old son are both HIV-positive. Peeters traces the development of their intimacy and their revelatory relationship with a doctor whose frankness allow them to fully realize their passionate connection. Then Cati's son becomes sick, bringing Fred face to face with death, forcing him to question the meaning of life, illness, and love - until a Socratic dialogue with a mammoth helps him recognize that living with illness is also a gift, allowing him to savor his life with Cati. A brave and unsentimental romance, Blue Pills will resonate with anyone whose love has faced great obstacles and triumphed. Hardcover, 6 1/2-in. x 9-in., 190 oages, B&W. Cover price $18.95.