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LUISA NOW AND THEN

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Highly Recommended. By Carole Maurel. Adapted by Mariko Tamaki. At 32, Luisa encounters her 15-year-old self in this sensitive, bold story about self-acceptance and sexuality. What would your teen-age self think of what you've become? Louisa is still disappointingly single, running through a series of failed boyfriends. She's a professional photographer, but has left behind her dream to become a renowned one. In order to help her younger self, she must finally face herself and her past. When she is attracted to a female neighbor, things become even more complicated... Insightful and funny, this is a feel-good coming-of-age story. First published in France in 2016, it takes place in Paris and her hometown near Chartres.

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At 32, Luisa encounters her 15-year-old self in this sensitive, bold story about self-acceptance and sexuality. What would your teen-age self think of what you've become? Louisa is still disappointingly single, running through a series of failed boyfriends. She's a professional photographer, but has left behind her dream to become a renowned one. In order to help her younger self, she must finally face herself and her past. When she is attracted to a female neighbor, things become even more complicated... Insightful and funny, this is a feel-good coming-of-age story. First published in France in 2016, it takes place in Paris and her hometown near Chartres.

Bud here: I found it fascinating how both the teen-aged and the adult Luisa have their own flaws, but far different with the 17 year gap between them. The older Luisa is surprisingly short-tempered and impatient. And, of course, she is sounding a little too much like a Mom, even with her own younger self! And her younger self is completely lost in this new world, where phone cards no longer work, her Francs no longer work in a Euro world, her Mom is (kind of) out of the picture, and everything is so, well, different.

Both Luisas have buried their real feelings about their sexuality, and that becomes the crux of the issue as the kind, patient, and attractive neighbor first takes young Luisa under her wing, but then finds the older Luisa is secretly attracted to her.

And this is also a work of sensitive humor, as we watch Luisa begin to come out from her self-imposed shell and get honest with herself, friends, and the women she is so attracted to. I found it quite a beautifully done story, all around, but it was the fantasy aspect of the young self and older self meeting that first drew me in; I hope you give this a try.

Adult themes but no nudity.

Writer and artist Carole Maurel worked as a graphist and animator for TV programs before she published her first graphic novel "Les Chroniques Mauves", a collective work about the lesbian community. She has since published several graphic novels, always a characteristic mix of feminine sensibilities and humor.

The creator who adapted this from the French is Mariko Tamaki, known for her bestselling graphic novels, Skim, Emiko Superstar and This One Summer. Skim was the winner of an Ignatz Award, a Joe Shuster Award and a Doug Wright Award in 2009. It was also nominated for the "Children's literature" category at the 2008 Governor General's Awards.

This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, was nominated for a 2014 Ignatz Award, and won the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award and a Caldecott Honor from the American Library Association. In 2016 she won the German Rudolph-Dirks-Award in the category Youth Drama / Coming of Age (for This One Summer). Tamaki was also awarded an Honour of Distinction by the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, a literary award for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender writers in Canada, in 2012.

She has written for both DC and Marvel comics as lead writer on The Hulk and Supergirl: Being Super.

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Item Code LUISN
Publisher Humanoids
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781594656439
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 8x10
# Pages 272pg
Color Full Color
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