Paperback, 424 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by VIZ Media LLC
Meiko Inoue is a recent college grad working as an office lady in a job she hates. Her boyfriend Naruo is permanently crashing at her apartment because his job as a freelance illustrator doesn’t pay enough for rent. And her parents in the country keep sending her boxes of veggies that just rot in her fridge. Straddling the line between her years as a student and the rest of her life, Meiko struggles with the feeling that she’s just not cut out to be a part of the real world.
Why You Should Read It
- This bind up of Asano’s two volume work Solanin quite possibly comes as close to describing that period of loss and discovery when you are between two stages of your life. Meiko is a young woman who graduated a year or so ago. She’s stuck in a job that pays well but that doesn’t fulfill any creative urge in herself; it stifles her and she, being scared of getting stuck in a rut, decides to leave the job. She’s living with her boyfriend who is battling with his own issues primarily concerning his desire to make music while knowing how brutal the industry is.
- Though this title is marketed to adults, I feel the older adolescents will empathize closely with the characters and the themes of change and self-discovery.
- There is a sense of sincerity and honesty in the graphic novel that convinces the reader that these are real people who live real lives. This feeling is only strengthened by the way the narrative unfolds and the place where we leave the characters.
- Astonishing, beautiful, and poignant, Solanin is beautiful both in the story it tells and the manner in which it tells this story. I leave you with some glimpses of the art.