By Adrian Tomine
(Drawn and Quarterly, Paperback, 9781897299753, 104pp.)
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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The 2007 New York Times Book Review Notable Book now in paperback
Lauded for its provocative and insightful portrayal of interpersonal relationships, Adrian Tomine’s politically charged Shortcomings was one of the most acclaimed books of 2007. Among many interviews and reviews in outlets around the country, Tomine was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and also in The Believer, New York magazine, and Giant Robot. Shortcomings landed on countless “best of” lists, including those in Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times; was praised by Junot Díaz in Publishers Weekly; and was the subject of a solo review in The New York Times Book Review that drew comparison between Tomine and Philip Roth. The groundbreaking graphic novel now returns in paperback.
Adrian Tomine is the critically acclaimed cartoonist of the comic book series Optic Nerve; the graphic novels 32 Stories, Sleepwalk, Summer Blonde, and Shortcomings; and the art book Scrapbook. He is also an illustrator for The New Yorker, Esquire, and Rolling Stone, and his stories have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Tomine lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“Meticulously observed . . . Pitch-perfect and succinct. [Tomine] is an invisible reporter, a scientist of the heart.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Exploring race, adulthood, and ambition with exquisitely tuned humor and poignancy, Shortcomings is a graphic narrative as piercingly realistic as any prose fiction. A” —Entertainment Weekly
“Tomine’s lacerating falling-out-of-love story is an irresistible gem of a graphic novel.” —Junot Díaz, Publishers Weekly
“Shortcomings is Tomine’s richest and most rewarding read, packed with the most human characters he has ever created.” —Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
“One of the most masterful cartoonists of his generation . . . [Shortcomings is] equal parts poignant, hilarious, and sad.” —The Village Voice