While trying to create a place in society for her autistic son,
Hikaru, has been an uphill battle, Sachiko Azuma has long known that
perhaps the toughest place to find acceptance for him is within her own
family. Despite some progress made, Sachiko's mother-in-law still treats
her grandson as a nuisance and sees him in many ways as inferior to his
little sister, Kanon. Now that the Azuma family has moved into Masato's
childhood home, Sachiko must not only adapt to life with her
mother-in-law - she also must help Hikaru, whose developmental
disabilities make it notoriously difficult for him to accept changes to
his routine, adapt to this new living situation and a new school. As
Sachiko tries to balance caring for Kanon and Hikaru in the face of her
mother-in-law's constant disapproval, will the Azuma family emerge from
what seems like the darkest of tunnels into the light?
Told in completed chapters as well as unfinished pages that the
creator drew while battling a long illness, this final volume of With the Light
serves as a legacy to the late Keiko Tobe's inspiring dedication to
bring to light the hardships and joys of raising an autistic child for
readers around the world.
Keiko Tobe was an acclaimed Japanese manga artist whose masterwork With the Light strove to bring the everyday struggles of raising a child with autism to a wider audience. With the Light earned her the Japan Media Arts
Festival's Manga Division Excellence Prize in 2004, and the series was
also adapted into a critically-acclaimed drama series in Japan.