The Book of Sarah is missing from the bible, so British artist Sarah Lightman sets out to make her own: questioning religion, family, motherhood and what it takes to be an artist, in this quietly subversive visual autobiography from NW3. Distilled from hundreds of intensely beautiful diary drawings into a compelling narrative of identity, The Book of Sarah is both a comfort and inspiration to anyone who wants to know how to belong as an artist to a family, a culture, and a religion.
Sarah Lightman is like the poster-child for a new kind of feminist activist— scholar, artist, curator, and cheerleader for comics that reveal and shape new forms of Jewish consciousness.’
—Dr Ariel Kahn, Jewish Quarterly.
Dr. Sarah Lightman is an award-winning artist, editor and writer.
Her autobiographical graphic novel “The Book of Sarah” (2019) is published by Myriad Editions and Penn State University Press.
Her first edited volume, “Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews” (McFarland 2014) was awarded The 2015 Susan Koppelman Prize for Best Feminist Anthology, The 2015 Will Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/ Academic Work and A Jordan Schnitzer Book Award (2016).
She curated the internationally touring and critically acclaimed exhibition “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women”.
She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.