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Just finished Between the Sheets and are disappointed by the lack of reasonable, likeable characters and yuri? Read Free Soul and want a more tawdry, pessimistic take on the matter? Check out the other.
Both are josei (romance?) manga about unrequited love between two adult women.
Free Soul and Yellow Book are two thoughtful and understated josei/seinen slice-of-life manga with very sparse linework. Both are about the relationship a person has with a character in a novel (how the fictional character affects them, etc.)
Ichiko's dream is to follow in her father's footsteps and become a novel translator. To this extent, she's enrolled in a work-intensive language program, but still manages enough time for a fulfilling relationship. However, she's anxious about how her father will react upon learning she's dating Eri... a woman. But much to her surprise, the man actually accepts Ichiko's lifestyle and has a surprise of his own: he's gay too. Determined to treat him in kind, Ichiko, along with her father, girlfriend and gay best friend, will learn about love in all of its forms.
These two josei yuri manga by Ebine Yamaji are sensitive, mature takes on lesbianism and early-20s life lessons. Art style is identical, and they share many elements, including novelists, foxy ladies with shaved heads, and a love of the jazz/R&B/soul music genres.