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Aya Love in Yop City
Published by Drawn and Quarterly
384p, color, softcover, 6.75"x9.5"
"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 on 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, 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 Angouleme 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."