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Author Hamdy, Sherine, 1975- author

Title Lissa : a story about medical promise, friendship, and revolution / written by Sherine Hamdy and Coleman Nye ; illustrated by Sarula Bao and Caroline Brewer ; lettering by Marc Parenteau
Published North York, Ontario, Canada : University of Toronto Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (302 pages) : chiefly illustrations
Series ethnoGRAPHIC
Contents Part I. Cairo -- Part II. Five years later -- Part III. Revolution -- Afterword : Reading Lissa / Paul Karasik -- Appendices: Timeline of the 2011 Egyptian revolution ; Creating Lissa : concepts, collaboration, and craft : Teaching guide
Summary "Anna is the daughter of Americans working in Cairo. But she feels more at home with the humble family of her friend Layla, who lives in the doorman's shack adjacent to Anna's apartment building. As the women grow up, their unlikely friendship is put to the test as they each face a family health crisis. Gulfs of misunderstanding emerge, as Anna deals with her family history of breast cancer, and Layla makes difficult decisions about her father's kidney failure. When the Arab Spring in Egypt erupts, each gets swept up in the revolutionary fervor in Tahrir Square. Amidst this personal and political turmoil, Anna and Layla must reckon with illness, risk, and loss in different ways. Ultimately they come to learn the power of friendship and the importance of hope against all odds -- that lissa, there is still time to fight for a better tomorrow, together."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Arab Spring (2010-)
Breast Neoplasms
Genetic Testing
Renal Insufficiency
Americans -- Egypt -- Comic books, strips, etc
Arab Spring, 2010- -- Comic books, strips, etc
Breast -- Cancer -- Comic books, strips, etc
Culture conflict -- Comic books, strips, etc
Female friendship -- Comic books, strips, etc
Politics and culture -- Egypt -- Comic books, strips, etc
Breast -- Cancer.
Culture conflict.
FICTION -- General.
Female friendship.
Politics and culture.
Maydān al-Taḥrīr (Cairo, Egypt) -- Comic books, strips, etc
Egypt -- Cairo -- Maydān al-Taḥrīr.
Genre/Form Fictional Work
Graphic Novels
Graphic medicine
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Graphic novels.
Medical comics.
Political comics.
Political comics.
Form Electronic book
Author Bao, Sarula, illustrator
Brewer, Caroline, illustrator
Nye, Coleman, writer
Parenteau, Marc, letterer
ISBN 148759349X (EPUB)
1487593503 (PDF)
9781487593490 (EPUB)
9781487593506 (PDF)