Kimiko Does Cancer: A Graphic Memoir
arsenal pulp press, Oct 27, 2020 - Comics & Graphic Novels
At the age of twenty-five, Kimiko Tobimatsu was a young, queer, mixed-race woman with no history of health problems whose world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In an instant, she became immersed in a new and complicated life of endless appointments, evaluations, and treatments, and difficult conversations with her partner and parents. Kimiko knew that this wasn’t what being twenty-five was supposed to be like ... but then, she didn’t have a choice.
With tender illustrations by Keet Geniza, Kimiko Does Cancer is a graphic memoir that upends the traditional “cancer narrative” from a young woman’s perspective, confronting issues such as dating while in menopause, navigating work and treatment, and talking to well-meaning friends, health care professionals, and other cancer survivors with viewpoints different from her own. Not one for pink ribbons or runs for the cure, Kimiko seeks connection within the cancer community while also critiquing the mainstream cancer experience.
Honest and poignant, Kimiko Does Cancer is about finding one’s own way out of a health crisis.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - villemezbrown - LibraryThing
This autobiographical book about breast cancer is a bit muted, but that is consistent with Kimiko Tobimatsu's personality as presented in the book. She offers a pretty straightforward look at events ... Read full review
Kimiko Does Cancer: A Graphic MemoirUser Review - Publishers Weekly
Tobimatsu navigates the daily consequences of living with breast cancer as a queer woman in this direct, yet gentle-voiced, debut graphic memoir. At 25, the lawyer notices a lump in her breast. The ... Read full review