rhythm when the author switched between color to black and white,or pen drawings to marker and graphite. A change in visual style is just as strong a story telling tool as words are in a graphic novel. InKari you get the feeling that Amruta Patil is still discovering her visualtechnique.Back to the good stuff. Second is the way Amruta writes. She has afine sense of lyricism in her prose. "What is it about snow globes" sheasks at one point, "that makes them fascinating and terrifying atonce?" In written work, this can tend to come across a bit heavyhanded. But thanks to the magic of a visual medium such as graphicnovels, this feels deft and touching.There are also bits and pieces thatconnected me to the story. In several panels - two of which seem tobe rendered with pencils and the finger smudges, Kari describes thesmells of the city while traveling in a train. Earlier, Kari describes hercramped living quarters by sketching out a floor plan. There areamusing details about Kari's work with an advertising agency.Somewhere, Kari is shown exploring the boundaries of her sexuality.What Kari lacks in terms of immersive drawing, it makes up for interms of vivid story telling.Kari ends with a declaration of independence and an acknowledgmentof the emotional ties that bind. (This is done in a flurry of panels thatfeel a bit unfinished.) There is a reference to a sequel that, given howmuch I enjoyed Kari, is one I'll be happy to wait for.