Aya of Yop City – Marguerite Abouet

Aya02This book takes over from the last with the birth of Adjoua’s baby and the commotion it brings. This work is full of small dramas and seems to be all about putting things into motion rather than wrapping them up. You get the feeling Aya and her community have a long journey ahead, which you will undoubtedly enjoy. There is another cliff hanger at the end, which you have been suspecting, if you were paying attention, ensuring you can’t wait for the next book.

The art is just as perfect as the previous volume and the colours that bring it to life are just stunning. It feels like there are more full page panels too that bring a wider perspective to this intimate human drama. Quality touches like split panel telephone calls and mock photographs give it a real charm.

At the back there is another glossary, a recipe, a description of how newborns are cared for within the community and how to make a baby sling. There is also an extensive interview with the author reproduced from Wild River Review magazine.

A wonderfully crafted continuation of Ivorian life in the 70’s that is relatable to all readers.

Thumbs Up!

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