Aya Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie

Aya Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie

Ivory Coast, 1978. It’s a golden time, and the nation, too – an oasis of affluence and stability in West Africa – seems fueled by something wondrous. Aya is loosely based upon Marguerite Abouet’s youth in Yop City. It is the story of the studious and clear-sighted nineteen-year-old Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It’s a wryly funny, breezy account of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City.

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