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49 Days is a quiet, emotional graphic novel that beautifully explores grief, death, loss, and love. Kit is a Korean American girl who is embarking on a journey — for 49 days she is traveling after death in order to move forward and cross over, in accordance with Buddhist tradition. 49 days of rebirth and journey for the dead and of mourning and grief for the living. Agnes Lee's writing and illustrations are sparse yet incredibly effective. 49 Days is a poignant yet hopeful journey, and an experience that the reader will never forget.

— Christine


Day 1

Gotta get up. Gotta keep moving. This map – it says I have to cross over here. Wait, what’s that…?

And so begins a graphic novel story unlike any other: 49 Days. In Buddhist tradition, a person must travel for forty-nine days after they die, before they can fully cross over. Here in this book, readers travel with one Korean American girl, Kit, on her journey, while also spending time with her family and friends left behind.

Agnes Lee has captivated readers across the world for years with her illustrations for the New York Times Metropolitan Diary. Her debut graphic novel is an unforgettable story of death, grief, love, and how we keep moving forward.

About the Author

Agnes Lee grew up in the Bay Area and is a graduate of Art Center College of Design. She is a former Chronicle Books fellow and was an Art Director at The New York Times for several years where she began illustrating the Metropolitan Diary column. She now lives in Portland, OR with her partner Eric and their cat Muta. In addition to art, she loves the outdoors and playing ultimate frisbee. Agnes can be found at ahjlee.com.

49 Days is her debut.

Praise For…

[STAR] “A moving portrayal of mortality and its aftermath.” – Kirkus (starred)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781646143757
ISBN-10: 1646143752
Publisher: Levine Querido
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English