As a teenager in a small town Maine, Sarah Shaw discovered a WWII-era memoir written by a distant relative named Hope. Over the years, she returned to Hope’s story for inspiration and guidance, and eventually traveled to the Philippines, where their stories converged. Finding Hope: Part 1 is the beginning of a nonfiction graphic narrative about connecting with an ancestor from the past.
Sarah’s fascination with her great-grandmother’s sister is infectious as quiet scenes from a war are presented in a down-to earth storytelling style. Events that took place in 1941 feel very present in this exploration of Hopes’ life.
Winner, 2022 MICE Mini-Grant