“With the Light”: The Struggles and Triumphs of Raising an Autistic Child

My foray into reading josei manga, or manga aimed at adult women, begins with the drama “With the Light”, by Keiko Tobe. It is a series of thick tomes that follow Sachiko Azuma as she rears her autistic son, Hikaru. They face many challenges, and the first volume alone is quite a ride through the rocky road of pre-diagnosis catastrophes, misdiagnoses, and Sachiko’s struggle to find a place Hikaru belongs within her community.

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