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The 2007 "New York Times Book Review" Notable Book now in paperback Lauded for its provocative and insightful portrayal of interpersonal relationships, Adrian Tomine's politically charged "Shortcomings" was one of the most acclaimed books of 2007. Among many interviews and reviews in outlets around the country, Tomine was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air" and also in "The Believer," "New York" magazine, and "Giant Robot." "Shortcoming"s landed on countless "best of" lists, including those in "Entertainment Weekly" and "The New York Times"; was praised by Junot Diaz in "Publishers Weekly"; and was the subject of a solo review in "The New York Times Book Review" that drew comparison between Tomine and Philip Roth. The groundbreaking graphic novel now returns in paperback."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 162.56 x 233.68 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1897299753
  • 9781897299753
  • 44,233

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"Meticulously observed . . . Pitch-perfect and succinct. [Tomine] is an invisible reporter, a scientist of the heart." --"The New York Times Book Review""Exploring race, adulthood, and ambition with exquisitely tuned humor and poignancy, "Shortcomings" is a graphic narrative as piercingly realistic as any prose fiction. A" --"Entertainment Weekly""Tomine's lacerating falling-out-of-love story is an irresistible gem of a graphic novel." --"Junot Diaz, Publishers Weekly"""Shortcomings" is Tomine's richest and most rewarding read, packed with the most human characters he has ever created." --"Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)""One of the most masterful cartoonists of his generation . . . ["Shortcomings" is] equal parts poignant, hilarious, and sad." --"The Village Voice""show more

About Adrian Tomine

Adrian Tomine is the critically acclaimed cartoonist of the comic book series "Optic Nerve"; the graphic novels "32 Stories," "Sleepwalk," "Summer Blonde," and "Shortcomings"; and the art book "Scrapbook." He is also an illustrator for "The New Yorker," "Esquire," and "Rolling Stone," and his stories have appeared in "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" and "An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories." A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Tomine lives in Brooklyn, New more

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9,543 ratings
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