Aya: Love in Yop City

Aya: Love in Yop City

by Marguerite Abouet, Clement Oubrerie
     
 

THE DRAMATIC CONCLUSION TO THE AYA SERIES

Aya: Love in Yop City comprises the final three chapters of the Aya story, episodes never before seen in English. Aya is a lighthearted story about life in the Ivory Coast during the 1970s, a particularly thriving and wealthy time in the country's history.

While the stories

Overview

THE DRAMATIC CONCLUSION TO THE AYA SERIES

Aya: Love in Yop City comprises the final three chapters of the Aya story, episodes never before seen in English. Aya is a lighthearted story about life in the Ivory Coast during the 1970s, a particularly thriving and wealthy time in the country's history.

While the stories found in Aya: Love in Yop City maintain their familiar tone, quick pace, and joyfulness, we see Aya and her friends beginning to make serious decisions about their future. When a professor tries to take advantage of Aya, her plans to become a doctor are seriously shaken, and she vows to take revenge on the lecherous man. With a little help from the tight-knit community of Yopougon though, Aya comes through these trials stronger than ever.

This second volume of the complete Aya includes unique appendices—recipes, guides to understanding Ivorian slang, street sketches, and concluding remarks from Marguerite Abouet explaining history and social milieu. Inspired by Abouet's childhood, the series has received praise for offering relief from the disaster-struck focus of most stories set in Africa. Aya is the winner of the Best First Album Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival; was nominated for the YALSA's Great Graphic Novels list; and was included on "best of" lists from The Washington Post, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Oubrerie's style animates both the broadly funny and painfully grave moments in Abouet's rhythmic slice-of-life storytelling.” —The Washington Post

“As wise and compassionate as its titular protagonist, the book is a charming cultural ambassador from Ivory Coast. ” —Pop Matters

Library Journal
This meaty and satisfying conclusion to a beloved series incorporates some dozen subplots. With Jane Austenesque skill, Abouet spins out and then ties up the interlocking dramas of the now-college-aged Aya and her Ivory Coast village-mates. The most disturbing subplot introduces Aya's biology professor who makes a habit of demanding undesired and all-too-biological interactions from his female students. Meanwhile, lovable gay hairdresser Innocent makes new friends in Paris, and Moussa, slacker son of beer magnate Sissoko, runs away from home to find adventures that confound his parents. Ignace's mistress Jeanne, babe-magnet Mamadou, smooth-talking Grégoire, and shy Félicité all have starring roles, as do Aya's BFFs Adjoua and Bintou. The mating dance takes center stage throughout, and Abouet's gleeful tone accompanies serious subtexts about family, responsibility, and loyalty. VERDICT The full "Aya" saga should especially appeal to fans of shojo manga. While earlier volumes have been praised as YA literature, this final volume suits older teens through adults due to its themes of sexual intrigue and assault. As with previous installments, Oubrerie's art triumphs for its color, style, and masterly character depictions.—M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770460928
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Series:
Aya Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
541,964
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

The writer Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan in 1971 and now lives outside of Paris.

The artist Clément Oubrerie was born in Paris in 1966 and has illustrated more than forty children's books.

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