For our second meeting, my book club read The Infinite Wait and Other Stories by Julia Wertz. The member who chose it was interested in having the group read a graphic novel, and of the options she suggested, The Infinite Wait won the popular vote by a landslide.
Turns out that the group had very mixed reviews about the book. A couple people really liked it, while most found it just ok. I am definitely in the second camp.
So why didn’t we like it? I can’t speak for everyone who found the book lackluster, but I know for me, it was a question of context. The Infinite Wait is a look at some of Wertz’s life, particularly as it pertains to her start in comics. But, I’d never read anything else by her. This made the book feel like a look behind the scenes of a play I hadn’t watched. I feel that if I’d been a fan of Wertz, or familiar with her at all, I would have enjoyed The Infinite Wait much, much more.
The members who enjoyed the book quite a bit were also mostly unfamiliar with Wertz’s work, but were more heavily involved in the artistic/creator scene, so they could empathize with her struggles to get started in the comic business a bit more. If you’re in their boat, you’ll probably very much enjoy The Infinite Wait.
But overall, I’m writing this one off as a “meh.” It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t for me.