At 32, Luisa encounters her 15-year-old self in this sentimental and bold story about self-acceptance and sexuality.
A disillusioned photographer has a chance encounter with her lost teenage self who has miraculously traveled into the future. Together, both women ultimately discover who they really are, finding the courage to live life by being true to themselves. A time-traveling love story that turns coming-of-age conventions upside down, LUISA is a universal queer romance for the modern age.
Luisa - Now and Then
***STONEWALL HONOR BOOK***
In Maurel’s sumptuously drawn time-travel fantasy, teenage Luisa is transported from the 1990s to the present to meet her 30-something self. Tamaki (This One Summer) adapts the translated French with freshly worded dialogue . . . In stand-out art, Maurel renders attractive characters with open, emotive faces and detailed Paris streets drenched in sunset-toned watercolors. There couldn’t be a lovelier setting for this winning story of romantic self-discovery.
***2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults List***
***Featured in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY's Best Summer Reads, 2018***
"It’s not just the best comic I’ve read in years, it’s the best book I’ve read in years. It moved me deeply and uses the medium brilliantly. Highly recommended."
“A stunning book. … Unique and sweet.”
“A poignant time travel story with a queer romance angle.... Tamaki has significant experience exploring teenage characters in books like Skim and the Eisner Award-winning This One Summer, and she takes Nanette McGuinness’ translated dialogue and adapts it for an American ear…. Maurel and Tamaki take these women on a powerful journey through their past and future.”
Maurel’s painterly, naturalistic artwork, in sumptuous full color, beautifully conveys the story. . . . should resonate with plenty of readers.
“Insightful and funny, this is a feel-good coming-of-age story.”
***Featured in SHELF AWARENESS's Stand Up Comics: Same Love***
"I recommend it wholeheartedly."