Synopses & Reviews
While trying to create a place in society for her autistic son, Hikaru, has been an uphill battle, Sachiko Azuma has long known that perhaps the toughest place to find acceptance for him is within her own family. Despite some progress made, Sachiko's mother-in-law still treats her grandson as a nuisance and sees him in many ways as inferior to his little sister, Kanon. Now that the Azuma family has moved into Masato's childhood home, Sachiko must not only adapt to life with her mother-in-law - she also must help Hikaru, whose developmental disabilities make it notoriously difficult for him to accept changes to his routine, adapt to this new living situation and a new school. As Sachiko tries to balance caring for Kanon and Hikaru in the face of her mother-in-law's constant disapproval, will the Azuma family emerge from what seems like the darkest of tunnels into the light?
Told in completed chapters as well as unfinished pages that the creator drew while battling a long illness, this final volume of With the Light serves as a legacy to the late Keiko Tobe's inspiring dedication to bring to light the hardships and joys of raising an autistic child for readers around the world.
This final volume of With the Light serves as a legacy to the late Keiko Tobe's inspiring dedication to bring to light the hardships and joys of raising an autistic child to readers around the world - both those whose lives may not have been touched by developmental disability as well as those who understand the protagonists' struggles all too well.
While creating and preserving a place in society for her autistic son Hikaru has been an uphill battle, Sachiko has long known that the toughest place to find acceptance for him is within her own family. Despite progress made in getting Masato's mother to understand Hikaru's situation and needs, Sachiko's mother-in-law still treats her grandson as a nuisance and sees him in many ways as deficient to his little sister, Kanon. Will Sachiko's renewed attempts to change her impression of Hikaru succeed? Or will the appearance of Masato's sister, who has had little contact with Hikaru, further complicate matters?
Also includes two short stories by Keiko Tobe.
About the Author
Keiko Tobe was an acclaimed Japanese manga artist whose masterwork With the Light strove to bring the everyday struggles of raising a child with autism to a wider audience. With the Light earned her the Japan Media Arts Festival's Manga Division Excellence Prize in 2004, and the series was also adapted into a critically-acclaimed drama series in Japan.