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Empire State by Jason Shiga
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May 09, 11

bookshelves: adult-fiction, graphic-novels, great-books-for-teens, young-adult, read-for-gbc-2013
Read in May, 2011

I bet that nobody that meets Jason Shiga doesn't like Jason Shiga. He just comes off as a sweet guy, a math geek working as a page in the Oakland Public Library, who is also a comics and puzzle savant. Empire State is his first full-length adult graphic novel, a little story about a naive 25-year-old Asian guy who works as a page at the Oakland Public Library. In the story, Jimmy is sort of secretly in love with his best friend Sara. When Sara moves to New York City to work in publishing and despise Williamsburg hipsters, Jimmy follows her out for a visit. Realistic, understated dialogue and atmospheric landscapes contribute to the low-key mood of this gentle, funny, sweet story.
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