Remember those glorious summers of your childhood? Everyone piled into the car (the kids, the dog, dad, mom, the cool box...) and you were off! Off to join the millions of other holiday goers on the roads in gridlock hell, driving hundreds of miles in unbearable heat (no air conditioning back then of course!)... And this is what we called holidays! Dad drove, naturally. Even if mom had her license she would allow the 'man of the house', this weary shepherd, the dubious honor of leading his bleating flock towards the promised land, which could be anywhere so long as the weather was good. Sometimes, with the magnanimous air of someone allowing us a great treat, he would turn on the radio. That year all the summer hits had names like 'Nothing but a tear in your eyes', 'Just don't forget me' and 'The sickness we call love'. 'The sickness we call love' – they had that right! Because mom – Madeleine, or Mado to her friends – had been suffering from it for several months. She was sick of selling shoes to anonymous strangers in holey socks. Sick of waiting for her husband, a comic book illustrator by trade, to make a name for himself. She's after a new life. Because the miles keep racking up and nobody so far has found the reverse on this old jalopy we call life! After more pointless arguments and painful silences, they have decided to separate. But not quite yet. Not till after the summer. First they want to give their children one last family vacation. After all, isn't it on vacation that families create their best memories together ?
V1 Glorious Summers
In this nostalgic account, the Faldérault family sets out for a final summer vacation together before an impending marital separation disrupts the family dynamics for good. Along the way, heading south to France from Brussels, Pierre, Maddie, and their children revel in impromptu skinny-dips, family sing-alongs, and camping in the wild, ultimately finding a renewed zest for life—and vacation!"Zidrou has again spun an engrossing and emotional tale from the threads of everyday life <...> Lafebre is quickly becoming one of my favourite artists working today." Comic Book Daily
V2 Glorious Summers
It's 1969 and the Faldérault family is headed south on their annual summer vacation. Despite unexpected delays and detours, picking up new friends along the road, one way or another they'll make it to their destination: a picturesque calanque in southern France!
V3 Glorious Summers
It's the summer of 1962 and the Faldérault family, grandparents included, is setting out on the maiden voyage of their brand-spanking-new Renault hatchback—Miss Esterel! Though they won't make it as far as their beloved Mediterranean—only making it as far into France as Saint-Etienne—the fry-loving and pop hit-singing Faldéraults will still make plenty of special memories along the way.
V4 Glorious Summers
After a difficult year marked by a loss in the family and some unexpected financial setbacks, the Faldéraults could use a break. But with Julie cramming for exams and Louis hell-bent on seeing Pink Floyd in concert, a family Christmas trip seems impossible. With the help of some friends, new and old alike, will Pierre and Madeleine manage to pull off one final, classic Faldérault vacation before 1979 comes to a close?
V5 Glorious Summers
It's 1980 and the Faldérault family is ready for a new kind of summer vacation. After years of roughing it, luxury and comfort are on the horizon in a brand-new custom-made vacation home. Things don't go as planned, of course, and Pierre, Madeleine, and the kids find themselves on yet another unexpected adventure!
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