Wandering Son: Book Two

Wandering Son: Book Two

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by Shimura Takako
     
 

Our heroes enter the sixth grade in volume two of this legendary series.
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

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Our heroes enter the sixth grade in volume two of this legendary series.
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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Editorial Reviews

Hillary Brown - Paste
“…[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.”
Johanna Draper Carlson - Manga Worth Reading
“Shimura Takako’s young figures are adorable. They look unspoiled, with their future ahead of them, which puts their struggles into greater relief.... Translator Matt Thorn’s essay… provid[es] valuable information on cultural context… There is no more handsome manga than Fantagraphics’ presentation of Wandering Son.”
Kat Callahan - Jezebel - ROYGBIV
“...[B]eing a trans woman means I'm used to seeing awful depictions of my lived experiences. I do not see me, and that is when I see trans women or trans people in general depicted at all. Until [Wandering Son]... I had never seen my own narrative depicted. At least not closely or accurately.”
Nic Willcox - No Flying No Tights
“Wandering Sonis an important manga series, much celebrated for the sensitive treatment of its two young transgender protagonists. It offers nuanced portrayals of these two middle schoolers, their friends, and their families. The tone is sweet, gentle, and hopeful, making it a pleasant reading experience. At the same time, it doesn’t turn away from realistic issues like bullying and the pain of experiencingpuberty when your body already doesn’t match the way you feel inside.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606994566
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
01/02/2012
Series:
Wandering Son Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Shimura Takako lives in Tokyo, Japan.

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