Wandering Son 1

by Shimura Takako

Wandering Son

Hardcover, 202 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $19.99 | purchase

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Shuichi, a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino, a girl who wants to be a boy, become friends in junior high school, where they tackle problems such as gender identity, love, social acceptance, and puberty. Translated by Matt Thorn.

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Beyond Visible: LGBT Characters In Graphic Novels

The first thing that strikes you about Shimura Takako's tale of a pair of transgendered kids who find solace with one another is its quiet, assured tone; Takako presents their stories with admirable sensitivity and restraint. But if that description leads you to suspect that Wandering Son will be a blandly well-intentioned plea for tolerance, you'd be very wrong.

Happily, Takako is first and foremost a storyteller, who locates the humanity in her two leads (Yoshino, a girl who

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