Shortcomings
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Shortcomings

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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. Shortcomings 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
  • DRAWN & QUARTERLY
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1897299753
  • 9781897299753
  • 47,668

Review quote

"Adrian Tomine . . . may be the best prose writer of the bunch. His young people, falling in and out of relationships, paralyzed by shyness and self-consciousness, take on a certain dignity and individuality." --Charles McGrath, "The New York Times Magazine""["Shortcomings"] follows moody movie-theater owner Ben Tanaka, who struggles to hang on to his Asian girlfriend while secretly lusting after white ladies. He's sad and somewhat despicable, and yet Tomine, being the understated virtuoso he is, effortlessly spins him into a Gen-X hero." --"Entertainment Weekly"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 York.show more

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9,543 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 20% (1,889)
4 37% (3,573)
3 31% (2,982)
2 10% (914)
1 2% (185)
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