Writer and Artist: Fumi Yoshinaga
Yukiko is a career woman in her thirties who still lives with her mother, though the relationship is not an easy one. Tensions mount when Mom announces she's getting married - to a man younger than Yukiko. The rest of the book explores the relationships both romantic and familial of Yukiko and her circle of friends. The themes are subtle ones: no relationship is ever simple and what one sees from the outside is never the whole story.
All My Darling Daughters is a josei manga, meaning it is targeted to women, ages 15-44. The North American publisher recommends it for older teens, probably about right. The sexual content, while far from pornographic, is too heavy for me to simply hand it to my twelve-year-old daughter. I enjoyed the book but was not swept away by it. The stories are sophisticated and the artwork competent. Explorations of sexual politics in Japan are always interesting to me and the balancing of personal and professional lives is a hot topic there now. So, I'd say it's a good book, not a great one.