A disillusioned photographer has a chance encounter with her lost teenage self who has miraculously traveled into the future. Together, both women ultimately discover who they really are, finding the courage to live life by being true to themselves. A time-traveling love story that turns coming-of-age conventions upside down, Luisa is a universal queer romance for the modern age.
Carole worked as a graphist and animator for TV programs, before she published her first graphic novel "Les Chroniques Mauves", a collective work about the lesbian community. She has since published several graphic novels, always a characteristic mix of feminine sensibilities and humor.
"***STONEWALL HONOR BOOK*** " - AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION "In Maurel’s sumptuously drawn time-travel fantasy, teenage Luisa is transported from the 1990s to the present to meet her 30-something self. Tamaki (This One Summer) adapts the translated French with freshly worded dialogue . . . In stand-out art, Maurel renders attractive characters with open, emotive faces and detailed Paris streets drenched in sunset-toned watercolors. There couldn’t be a lovelier setting for this winning story of romantic self-discovery." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review) "A funny, touching, and beautifully illustrated and colored story about self-acceptance with equal appeal to adult and YA audiences." - Library Journal "***2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults List***" - YALSA "***Featured on NPR's Guide To 2018’s Great Reads***" - NPR ""It’s not just the best comic I’ve read in years, it’s the best book I’ve read in years. It moved me deeply and uses the medium brilliantly. Highly recommended." " - MARK WAID "***Featured in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY's Best Summer Reads, 2018***" - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "“A work of tender soul searching and honest dialogue.” " - COMICS BEAT "“An excellent book which tackles identity, sexuality, family pressures, and love in all its splendor….Funny, relevant, poignant, and fascinating.” " - GRAPHIC POLICY "“A stunning book. … Unique and sweet.” " - THE NERDIST "“A poignant time travel story with a queer romance angle.... Tamaki has significant experience exploring teenage characters in books like Skim and the Eisner Award-winning This One Summer, and she takes Nanette McGuinness’ translated dialogue and adapts it for an American ear…. Maurel and Tamaki take these women on a powerful journey through their past and future.”" - AV CLUB ""8 Best Sapphic Comics & Graphic Novels" (alongside Lumberjanes, Giant Days, and Goldie Vance)" - BOOK RIOT "" A queer, transformative tale about self-acceptance and sexuality that is already generating rave reviews " - COMICOSITY ""Luisa tackles familiar queer coming-of-age themes with a time-travel device that makes it perfectly suited to the comic medium." " - PASTE MAGAZINE "A “beautifully illustrated and expressive graphic novel about self-reflection, acceptance, sexual identity, and time travel, Luisa: Now and Then. Who better to translate that into English than Mariko Tamaki?”" - SYFY WIRE "“LUISA: NOW AND THEN is a great comic book about teenage angst and the fear of failing. How sometimes our younger self would be disappointed by the choices we make as adults. A beautiful and nostalgic story, about discovering who we truly are, and not forgetting our inner child.”" - MARGAUX SALTEL "Maurel’s painterly, naturalistic artwork, in sumptuous full color, beautifully conveys the story. . . . should resonate with plenty of readers." - Booklist "“Insightful and funny, this is a feel-good coming-of-age story.”" - COMICS WORTH READING