The Peanutbutter Sisters and Other American Stories

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6.31 X 8.42 X 0.56 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author
Rumi Hara was born in Kyoto, Japan, and started printing her comics on a tiny home printer while working as a translator in Tokyo in 2010. After receiving an MFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design, Hara moved to New York in 2014, where she now lives and works as an illustrator and comics artist. Her comics series Nori was first self-published as minicomics and was nominated for an Ignatz Award in 2018.

Rumi Hara's The Peanutbutter Sisters is a celebration of the power, imagination, and ingenuity of women, expressed as a fever dream. In one story, two girls face off in a bubble gum-chewing contest and blow bubbles so big that they consume them; in another, a goddess merely needs to point to trigger a swarm of 'Bombadonnas' to create destruction and chaos. The short stories are punctuated by surreal imagery of the Builders at work at a lumberyard, dressed in matching crotchless suits made of fur. Reading it feels like you're going on a psychedelic trip with Hara, and she's taking you by the hand deeper and deeper into her beautiful, magical, fantastical world. -- Malaka Gharib, author of I Was Their American Dream and the forthcoming graphic memoir, It Won't Always Be Like This

Striking stories that are precious but not polite, mysterious but inviting, untethered to reality but also the realest thing you could read. -- Lisa Hanawalt, author of I Want You

What a pleasure it is to lose oneself in Rumi Hara's world--one both familiar yet strange--with so many delicious details that you'll never want to leave. A delight! -- Sarah Glidden, author of Rolling Blackouts

Hara's clever visuals underscore climate change, predators, mutable identities, and the longing for 'home sweet home.'--Booklist

A genre-bending, eye-catching collection that showcases Hara's imaginative eye for detail and deft ability to blend surreal elements with everyday life.--Winnipeg Free Press

Smart and oddly relatable.--Creative Review

Through stories alternating realistic and fantastical, Hara creates worlds where anything seems possible--yet her big feat is capturing everyday experience.--Publishers Weekly