Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution

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University of Toronto Press, Nov 15, 2017 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 304 pages

As young girls in Cairo, Anna and Layla strike up an unlikely friendship that crosses class, cultural, and religious divides. Years later, Anna learns that she may carry the hereditary cancer gene responsible for her mother's death. Meanwhile, Layla's family is faced with a difficult decision about kidney transplantation. Their friendship is put to the test when these medical crises reveal stark differences in their perspectives...until revolutionary unrest in Egypt changes their lives forever.

The first book in a new series, Lissa brings anthropological research to life in comic form, combining scholarly insights and accessible, visually-rich storytelling to foster greater understanding of global politics, inequalities, and solidarity.


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Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution

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Revolution is as intimate as family and as mammoth as regime change in this graphic novel focused on the 2011 Tahrir Square demonstrations. Egyptian Layla and American Anna meet as childhood friends ... Read full review


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Sherine Hamdy is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently writing a young-adult graphic novel that tells the coming-of-age story of a Muslim-American woman.

Coleman Nye is Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University. She was born and raised in Virginia, but now lives in Vancouver, BC.

Sarula Bao graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016 with a BFA in Illustration. Based in Brooklyn, NY, her sequential work explores the queer Chinese-American experience.

Caroline Brewer graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016 with a degree in Illustration and a concentration in Literary Arts + Studies. They are the author of Autodesk's science fiction anthology FOUR . Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, their work explores themes of childhood, gender, love, and the magically real.

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