Age 16 (Hardcover)

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Age 16 (Hardcover)


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“This book made me cry several times. Rosena Fung has put together a beautiful and nuanced story about coming of age, accepting yourself, and intergenerational trauma. Absolutely devastating. You have to read this book.”
— Katherine Nazzaro, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

One of Ms. Magazine's Most Anticipated Feminist Books of 2024

A powerful coming-of-age graphic novel about how mothers and daughters pass down--and rebel against--standards of size, gender, race, beauty, and worth.

Guangdong, 1954 Sixteen-year-old Mei Laan longs for a future of freedom, and her beauty may be the key to getting it. Can an arranged marriage in Hong Kong be the answer to all her problems?

Hong Kong, 1972 Sixteen-year-old Lydia wants nothing more than to dance and to gain approval from her mother, who is largely absent and sharply critical, especially about the way she looks. Maybe her way to happiness is starting over in Toronto?

Toronto, 2000 Sixteen-year-old Roz is grappling with who she wants to be in the world. The only thing she is certain of is that if she were thinner, things would be better. How can she start living her life, instead of just photographing it?

When Roz's estranged por por abruptly arrives for a seemingly indefinite visit, three generations are now under one roof. Delicate relationships are suddenly upended, and long-suppressed family secrets begin to surface.

Award-winning creator of Living With Viola Rosena Fung pulls from her own family history in her YA debut to give us an emotional and poignant story about how every generation is affected by those that came before, and affect those that come after.

"Moving and emotional." --Victoria Ying, Harvey Award-winning author of Hungry Ghost

"Crucial." --Deb JJ Lee, creator of In Limbo

"Beautiful." --Fiona Smyth, illustrator of Sex Is a Funny Word

Content Warning: body image, disordered eating.

ROSENA FUNG is an illustrator and comic artist from Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award, and her favorite things are reading, cats, and eating snacks.
Product Details ISBN: 9781773218335
ISBN-10: 1773218336
Publisher: Annick Press
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024
Pages: 312
Language: English