Winner of the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - New! Asterios Polyp's New York lifestyle goes up in flames. Trying to rebuild, he leaves the city and relocates to a small town in the American heartland. But what is this "escape" really about? The pieces of Polyp's life come together as past and present collide, and the mystery of Hana, the artist he loved, deepens. Mazzucchelli's extraordinarily imagined world of brilliantly conceived eccentrics becomes a masterpiece: a great American graphic novel.