- Series: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness (Book 1)
- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Seven Seas (June 6, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626926034
- ISBN-13: 978-1626926035
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 141 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"While the subject matter is by no means light, this moving and honest slice of life will resonate with anyone who has questioned themselves or ever been conflicted in their lives. And let’s face it: that is all of us." -- Judith Utz, Teen Vogue
"The self-discovery that follows is utterly fascinating." -- Abraham Riesman, Vulture
"Sheds light on the complicated emotional and mental dynamics involved in lesbian relationships. Her story is an open, honest, and deeply personal look at her struggles to fight back against her eating disorder, stop self-harming, and learn more about her sexuality." -- Ana Valens, The Mary Sue
"...this is a comic that (a) treats sex workers with dignity and agency in a medium which has been historically unkind, (b) addresses very real themes of self-harm in a direct and honest way, and (c) adopts an attitude of complete acceptance of sexuality fluidity." -- Katie Skelly, The Comics Journal
"My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is one of the most powerful manga I have ever read, and it all comes down to Nagata Kabi's openness and honesty." -- Nik Freeman, Anime News Network
"No question, absolutely, my pick this week is My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, which was simply one of the best autobiographical manga I’ve read." -- Sean Gaffney, Manga Bookshelf
"A complicated play of gender and sexual identities that Nagata unbinds and sorts through with striking aesthetic aplomb. " -- Shea Hennum, The A. V. Club
"It's impossible not to shed tears while reading this work; Nagata's unflinching honesty is courageous, but the reason it resonates is because it parses experiences many of her readers have, but have never been able to give voice to. Nagata gave voice to her experience and that has allowed her readers to realize they are not alone." -- Hans Rollman, Pop Matters
About the Author
Kabi Nagata is a manga artist best known for her autobiographical comic, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness.
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This is the only book that I have ever set an alarm over a year in advance for. I read an amateur translation sometime in 2016, shortly after discovering that an official english translation would be released. At that point I marked my calendar to ensure that I would have a copy of this incredible, incredible manga.
A cute straightforward art style, and a matter-of-factly attitiude to being lesbian also makes this a great read.
If you suffer(ed) from mental illness or loneliness, approach this book with caution. There's a relief in relating to the author, but there is also a heaviness and rawness in the way the Nagata presents her experience. It can be triggering. I found my skin crawling a bit during the bits about the author's eating disorder, which I expected. But I did not expect to be triggered by the sex scene - and this was on multiple levels. For one, as a therapist who works with survivors of sexual abuse/assault, I felt uncomfortable knowing that Nagata was not ready or present for her dalliance with the escort - despite the kindness of the worker it read a bit rape-y. It seemed like Nagata was pushing herself into the experience - which, I think, was the point. But for some reason I was expecting to cheer or feel reassurance after Nagata's visit to the love hotel. I was left feeling uneasy and sad.
I felt as opened as a reader as the author must have felt documenting her experiences - which was both uncomfortable and beautiful at the same time. I hope someday Nagata is able to experience affection and intimacy with someone who isn't a complete stranger. I think - I hope - that it will be a better experience for her.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who might be part of the LGBTQ community, struggle with mental illness, or just feel lonely in general. But I would also highly recommend some serious self-care during and after reading because the book is heavy in its subject matter - in a good yet painful way.
Kabi gets directly to the heart of various issues and pulls them apart in a very unique way. The two tone color style is really lovely look at and gives the story an extra push forward. Like we're being invited to read a journal by Kabi herself. The cover having a nipple/nudity could be a turn off for some people, but don't let that stop you from reading this comic. It is definitely worth a look.