Synopses & Reviews
THE DRAMATIC CONCLUSION TO THE AYA SERIES
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 in the Ivory Coast during the 1970s, a particularly thriving and wealthy time in the countrys 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 though, 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 Abouets 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 Angoulême International Comics Festival; was nominated for the YALSAs Great Graphic Novels list; and was included on “best of” lists from The Washington Post, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.
“Oubreries style animates both the broadly funny and painfully grave moments in Abouets rhythmic slice-of-life storytelling.” —The Washington Post
“As wise and compassionate as its titular protagonist, the book is a charming cultural ambassador from Ivory Coast.” —Pop Matters
About the Author
The writer Marguerite Abouet
was born in Abidjan in 1971 and now lives outside of Paris.
The artist Clément Oubrerie was born in Paris in 1966 and has illustrated more than forty childrens books.