Monday, March 09, 2015

Shoplifter by Michael Cho

(hb; 2014: graphic novel)

From the back cover:

"Studying English in literature in college, she imagined a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. But she's been working at the same advertising agency for the past five years and the only thing she has written is copy. Corrina knows there must be more to life, and she faces the same question as does everyone in her generation: how to find it?"


Shoplifter is an engaging and succinct (96-page) graphic novel with a thematically familiar but well-told tale and mostly-relatable protagonist whose uncertainty leads her toward better life choices. I particularly enjoyed her sometimes tough interactions with the store clerk and her cat (Anais). Not only that, I love the artwork and Cho's use of colors -- which is represented on the front cover of the book.

This is worth owning. I look forward to future work by Michael Cho.

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