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Night fisher
R. Kikuo Johnson
Adult Fiction JOHNSON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Johnson's first graphic novel has a force and elliptical grace that suggests he's been drawing comics and writing fiction for much longer than he really has. It's set on Maui, whose history and economics inform the story's progress, and Johnson draws its landscapes and buildings-as well as the flora that symbolize the island's past-with a sure grasp of what it feels like to be there. The story has more to do with psychological intricacies than with plot: Loren Foster, a private school student and son of a dentist, is in his final year of high school, and his best friend Shane Hokama is drifting away from him and into a seamy crowd. Trying to become a man and ditch his too-innocent image without being destroyed by the transformation, Loren follows Shane into Maui's smalltime underworld, smoking crystal meth and getting dangerously mixed up in petty crime. The bold, high-contrast artwork includes some smart experimental touches: we see most of the story from Loren's point of view: whatever's in the panel (including him) is what he's thinking about. Johnson's storytelling is clear and masterful, and his characters' body language says as much about them as their words. An exciting debut from a talent to watch. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Starred Review. Loren Foster was transplanted from Boston to the island of Maui six years ago. A haole (Caucasian) living among the native Hawaiians, he's now a senior at the prestigious high school Winthrope, becoming increasingly distant from his father, his friends, and his own strait-laced, high-achieving past. In his first GN, Johnson tells a coming-of-age story with subtlety and depth, expertly depicting the awkwardness of Loren's relationships and his encounters with the seamier side of life. Johnson makes full use of his island locale, bringing in elements of local politics and skillfully interweaving a remarkable subtext dealing with Hawaiian natural history. His realistic but gritty black-and-white artwork and his deft, literary storytelling style may owe something to his instructor David Mazzucchelli (Batman: Year One), but this topnotch work has ideas and power all its own. A smashing debut likely to be of most interest to adults; recommended for all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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main characters Loren Foster
Father is a dentist; senior at a private hihgh schooll trying become a man without destroying his innocence.

Shane Hokama
Loren's best friend; drifting away from Loren; joined a new crowd of friends; uses crystal meth.

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