Wandering Son: Book two

Wandering Son: Book two

Hardback Wandering Son

By (author) Shimura Takako

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  • Publisher: Fantagraphics
  • Format: Hardback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 236mm x 28mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Seattle
  • ISBN 10: 1606994565
  • ISBN 13: 9781606994566
  • Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 80,092

Product description

In the second volume of Shimura Takako's superb coming-of-age story, our transgendered protagonists, Shuichi and Yoshino, have entered the sixth grade. Shuichi spends a precious gift of cash from his grandmother on a special present for himself, a purchase that triggers a chain of events in which his sister Maho learns his secret, and Shuichi inadvertently steals the heart of a boy Maho in interested in. The woman who showed so much interest in Yoshino (when she was wearing a boy s school uniform) in volume one reappears with her boyfriend, and becomes a mentor and friend to the two children. And the kids go on a class trip that is a rite of passage Shuichi would rather pass up. Shuichi is called a faggot by another boy, and the dramatic nature in which Saori comes to Shuichi s defense leads the two to discover a shared fondness for Anne of Green Gables. But despite his propensity to cry (a propensity noted repeatedly by his more outgoing sister), Shuichi finds strength and courage he didn t know he had. A sophisticated work translated with sophistication by veteran translator and comics scholar Matt Thorn."

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...[Wandering Son] book 2 continues the excellent work of book 1 and raises the emotional stakes a bit.... There's... a slowly unfolding pleasure to Shimura's story. Sensitive to the plight of young teenagers and potentially transgender youth alike, she's managed to create a compelling story without including much that, considered in isolation, is particularly dramatic, which speaks to the realism of her efforts. --Hillary Brown