Book: A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad’s an Alcoholic
Story & Art by: Mariko Kikuchi Release Date: 2021/11/09 Price: $14.99 Format: Manga Trim: 5.875 x 8.25in Page Count: 144 ISBN: 978-1-64827-596-8
Translation: Alexa Frank
Lettering: Karis Page
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A moving autobiographical manga about her father’s alcoholism that inspired a critically acclaimed live-action film.
Mariko Kikuchi tells the painful story of her father’s alcoholism and her own journey through guilt to understanding her father’s illness. She rejects the common belief that family members can and should be forgiven for anything they do, no matter how much harm they cause. This powerful, self-contained autobiographical manga began as a web series that went viral, and inspired a critically acclaimed 2019 film in Japan.
“Kikuchi’s passion for manga and drawing keeps her grounded and keeps the hard-hitting subject matter from dragging on as too unbearably bleak… Ending on a hopeful note, the narrative lands as deeply cathartic. Fans of Nagata Kabi’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and Akiko Higashimura’s Blank Canvas will welcome this heartfelt addition to the essay manga genre.” —Publishers Weekly
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