Shadow Life

Hiromi Goto effortlessly blends wry, observational slice-of-life literary fiction with poetic magical realism in the tender and surprising graphic novel Shadow Life, with haunting art from debut artist Ann Xu.~ Macmillan


This wry genre-bending graphic novel from Goto…delves into aging, independence, lost love, and mortality with a whimsy that doesn’t undercut its literary heft.

The loose black-and-white line art by Xu, including interspersed wordless panels, perfectly captures the progression of Kumiko’s emotions from serenity to revelation to distress to determined defiance, as well as the narrative’s fantastical and surreal turns. Quiet sensitivity and humor shine throughout, lighting the bright triumph in one woman’s twilight.

~ Publishers Weekly starred review


...Goto’s latest is an empowering, emotional tribute to defiant, independent, kick-ass old women living their best lives.

~ Booklist starred review


Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Kumiko is a seventy-six-year-old bisexual widow and up for anything—even a smack-down with Death.

Subtle, beautiful representations of age/ing, race, queer identities, and body image. ~ Comic Crusaders


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