Adrian Tomine, Drawing Delicately from Life

Two faces of Adrian Tomine

hide captionThe two faces of Tomine: Real-life issues get the graphic treatment in Shortcomings, the new novel by Adrian Tomine.

Peter Stanglmayr (photo), Adrian Tomine (self-portrait illustration)

Movie-theater owner Ben Tanaka is having relationship issues; his girlfriend, Miko, suspects he's secretly attracted to white women. (She's right, but he won't admit it.)

In Shortcomings, Asian-American graphic novelist Adrian Tomine (Scrapbook, Summer Blonde) has finally done what many fans and critics have suggested he should: addressed race in his work.

Tomine is celebrated for the grace and sophistication of his work; novelist Jonathan Lethem says that "his mastery of literary time suggests Alice Munro," and Junot Diaz says Tomine's "dramatic instincts are second-to-none."

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