Pickles, pregnancy, and sisterhood: A graphic novel with South Asian flavor that will leave you longing for home

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Devi Menon
Devi Menon

CLIFTON PARK, NY – In a sweetly nostalgic graphic novel, author-illustrator Devi Menon narrates a relatable story of a pregnant woman trying to recreate the warmth and comfort of her childhood in a faraway place.

In a narrative that parallels her own experiences, Menon explores the idea of sisterhood through a unique cultural lens while capturing the deep feeling of longing for home that shapes the lives of emigrants everywhere.

Taking readers on a meandering journey from a village in South India to the United Kingdom, Amla Mater begins as a simple craving for amla or gooseberry pickle, and ends as a testament to the enriching role of female friendships in the life of women. With simple, intimate art and straight-from-the-heart writing, Amla Mater is a bright new addition to the canon of comic narratives by women of color.

Menon is an upcoming graphic artist. She lives and works in London, UK. She has been featured in The Inking Woman: 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain (Myriad Editions 2018), a groundbreaking picture-led celebration of the work of over 100 named British artists.

The book is published by Yali Books, an independent publisher of books based in Clifton Park, New York. The publisher’s mission is to showcase the vibrant cultures of South Asian communities through books, art, and games.

Amla Mater

By Devi Menon

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-9890 6159-9 / 144 pp.

USD 11.99 / GBP 8.99 / EU 9.99 / CAD 15.99 / AUD 15.99

eBook ISBN-13: 978-0-9890 6157-5

USD 6.99 / GBP 4.99 / EU 5.99 / CAD 8.99 / AUD 8.99

Target age group for readers – Adult.

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