Shortcomings

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Faber & Faber, 2007 - Comic books, strips, etc - 144 pages
Tomines first long-form graphic novel is the story of Ben Tanaka, a confused, obsessive Japanese American male in his late 20s, and his cross-country search for contentment (or at least the perfect girl).

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User Review  - Eoin - www.librarything.com

4.5 Clean, shockingly beautiful drawings hold the messy ambiguity of relationships between people in their twenties and the difficulties of the "model minority". Perfectly made, the only downside is that I read it in an hour. Worth it for the panels without words. Read full review

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User Review  - MaryMcConnell - LibraryThing

This book is hilarious. But I'm Caucasian and 60 and have been married to a Japanese man the same age as me for 21 years. It's not another graphic novel, but I highly recommend Where the Body Meets Memory by David Mura for a great dive into Japanese-American assimilation issues. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Since self publishing his first issue of Optic Nerve at the age of fifteen, the Japanese-American Adrian Tomine has established himself as one of the leading lights of the next generation of graphic novelists, in the wake of such breakthrough artists as Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Ice Haven) and Chris Ware. Tomine's Summer Blonde and Sleepwalk will both published by Faber in 2008.

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