Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms

    (Last Gasp, 2006)
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Fumiyo Kouno writes and draws two connected semi-autobiographical stories about survivors of the Hiroshima bombing and their decedents. Jumping around chronologically, the story pieces together tales of three generations of survivors, showing their struggles through the years directly after the bombing as well decades later, when prejudice and mysterious illnesses plague them. Fumiyo Kouno creates a delicately balanced story of pain and survival, painting a portrait of a family facing the worse situations imaginable and yet maintaining hope.

— Jennifer McGinnis
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