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Just So Happens (Hardback)
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Just So Happens (Hardback)

Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 13/02/2014
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'I still remember arriving in the city for the first time... It wasn't easy... But here, London, is my home.' Yumiko is a young Japanese woman who has made London her home. She has a job, a boyfriend; Japan seems far away. Then, out of the blue, her brother calls to tell her that her father has died in a mountaineering accident. Yumiko returns to Tokyo for the funeral and finds herself immersed in the rituals of Japanese life and death - and confronting a decision she hadn't expected to have to make. Just So Happens is a graphic novel by a young artist and storyteller of rare talent. Fumio Obata's drawing, in particular, is marvellous in its power and delicacy.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224096638
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 824 g
Dimensions: 263 x 205 x 21 mm

"Just So Happens feels so richly intimate... [Obata] is a talent to watch. I like his elegant, understated drawings, which hint at the manga stories he must have read as a boy. Bullet trains, Shinto temples, shopping malls, sushi restaurants: he does them all beautifully. His storytelling, too, is crazily accomplished." -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
"A beautiful and observant graphic novel." -- James Smart * Guardian *
"This is a book you may want to study, a book of inflection and nuance, a delicate, thoughtful book that entrances the eyes and compels the old grey matter." * Bookmunch *
"A powerful story dealt with a deft brush in hand." * Monocle *
"Told with great care and dignity... The illustrations reflect the mood of the story perfectly, creating a sense of movement and transition which mirrors Yumiko's journey." -- Vicki Bartram * UK Press Syndication *

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