'Aya' aims to be a comedy, a couple of love stories and a tale for becoming African. It's a golden time, and the nation, too - an oasis of affluence and stability in West Africa - seems fueled by something wondrous. 'Aya' is loosely based upon Marguerite Abouet's youth in Yop City. It is the story of the studious and clear-sighted nineteen-year-old Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It's a wryly funny, breezy account of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City. This edition intends to offer readers the chance to immerse themselves in Abouet's Yop City, bringing together the first three volumes of the series in Book One.