Strangers in Paradise, vol. 7: Sanctuary

Writer(s): Terry Moore
Artist(s): Terry Moore
Publisher: Abstract Studio
ISBN: 978-1892597090
Price: $15.95
Page count: 176
Year Released: 1999
Status: in print
Original Source: Strangers in Paradise (vol. 3) 17-24
Other Collected Edition(s): Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book, vol. 3
Genres: humor; romance/relationships
Recommended for Fans Of:
Possible Objectionable Material: none
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Also in This Series: preceded by Strangers in Paradise, vol. 6: High School; followed by Strangers in Paradise, vol. 8: My Other Life

Plot Summary
Like volume 4, Sanctuary opens with the middle-aged Francine, who is trapped in a loveless marriage and who hasn't seen her best friend, Katchoo, in ten years. Then we meet the future Katchoo, who is living in Santa Fe as a successful artist. Francine's mom, worried about Francine's deep depression, calls Katchoo and asks her to put aside whatever drove them apart and to visit Francine. The result is one of the most touching scenes in the entire series. Meanwhile, back in the present, Katchoo wins a spot in a prestigious art gallery opening, but the happy news is marred by a savage fight between her and Francine. Things get worse at the gallery opening, when Francine sees that Katchoo has exhibited three nudes for which she was the subject--without her permission. As the weeks drag on Francine decides to visit her mother in Tennessee, which devastates Katchoo but also helps to strengthen her bond with David. And David is shocked to learn that he has inherited his sister's entire estate, which amounts to more than any of them could possibly have imagined.

My Own 2 Cents
Another strong volume with a nominally happy ending, and enough humor to get you through the rough bits.