Life in Yop City

Book - 2012
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" Aya is an irresistible comedy, a couple of love stories and a tale for becoming African. It's essential reading." --Joann Sfar, cartoonist of The Rabbi's Cat

Ivory Coast, 1978. It's a golden time, and the nation, too--an oasis of affluence and stability in West Africa--seems fueled by something wondrous. Aya is loosely based upon Marguerite Abouet's youth in Yop City. It is the story of the studious and clear-sighted nineteen-year-old Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It's a wryly funny, breezy account of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City.

Clément Oubrerie's warm colors and energetic, playful line connect expressively with Marguerite Abouet's vibrant writing. This reworked edition offers readers the chance to immerse themselves in Abouet's Yop City, bringing together the first three volumes of the series in Book One. Drawn & Quarterly will release volumes four through six of the original French series (as yet unpublished in English) in Book Two. Aya is the winner of the Best First Album award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, the Children's Africana Book Award, and the Glyph Award; was nominated for the Quill Award, the YALSA's Great Graphic Novels list, and the Eisner Award; and was included on "best of" lists from The Washington Post , Booklist , Publishers Weekly , and School Library Journal .

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2012.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781770460829
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC Abouet Margueri
Characteristics: 344 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Oubrerie, Clément
Dascher, Helge 1965-


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Dec 28, 2016

One of my favorite young adult soap opera comics. Girls sneaking out of the house to go dancing, boys drinking a little more than they should, parents at their wits’ end, so much drama! And poor Aya, all she wants to do is study and become a doctor, not get dragged into her friends’ misadventures. Abouet's childhood memories of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s were the inspiration, but she’s a strong storyteller who's built a fully realized community and characters out of those memories. Oubriere makes each of them just as distinctive as their personalities. I read both volumes of this series from the library, but then had to pick them up for our home collection.


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