The book begins with Kusama as a child in Matsumoto City, Japan, drawing outdoors in the flower-filled nurseries her parents owned, dreaming of leaving home to pursue art. It follows her journey to New York in 1957, at the age of 28, and her early years as a struggling artist in the city. The narrative finishes with her return to Japan, where “she continues to paint her dots every day.”
“I really wanted the book to be about Kusama’s work as an artist, and the dots allowed me to do that,” Suzuki says. The narrative and illustrations do well to let readers understand the artist’s view of the world—the way Kusama sees her signature dots everywhere, from the pebbles in a riverbed near her childhood home, to the bustling streets of New York, seen from the top of the Empire State Building.