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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library WAS (Text) 33500013297510 New Checked out 12/08/2020
LARL Cataloging LARL80919 (Text) LARL80919 New On order -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593087275
  • ISBN: 0593087275
  • Physical Description: 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2020.

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Summary, etc.:
"A rom-com novel about two young people at a crossroads in their relationship"-- Provided by publisher.
Mike is a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant. Benson is a Black day care teacher. They've been together for a few years, but now they're not sure why they're still a couple. There's the sex, sure, and the meals Mike cooks for Benson, and, well, they love each other. When Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Houston for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he discovers the truth about his family and his past. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together, but their time together ends up meaning more than they ever could have predicted. As both men change, will it make them stronger together, or fracture everything they've ever known? -- adapted from jacket
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1
    *Starred Review* Washington's first novel opens in quiet chaos, under crossing flight paths. Ben has just learned that his boyfriend, Mike, is leaving Houston for Osaka to visit his dying father. Meanwhile, Mike's mother (whom Ben hasn't met) will soon arrive at their place for an extended visit from Japan. Ben goes with the strange new flow, working his day-care job, flirting with a potential new love interest, and somewhat reluctantly learning to cook from Mitsuko. Mike voices the book's second section from Osaka, introducing readers to his estranged father and his bar, which Mike is soon running. This is a love story, writ large, that sings in small moments. While Ben is Black and grew up middle-class, and Mike's family scrapped their way through roach-ridden apartments after immigrating, the men have far more in common than they realize (even if each has his own particular reasons for thinking things won't work out). Forced apart, and deeper into the families they'd all but separated from, or maybe never knew to begin with, they grow in wholly unanticipated ways. As in his short story collection, Lot (2019), Washington writes about race, class, family, love, and the idea of home with evocative nuance and phenomenal dialogue. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Bryan Washington is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree, and winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His first book, the story collection Lot, was a finalist for the NBCC’s John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Lot was a New York Times Notable Book, one of Dwight Garner’s top ten books of the year, and on best-of-the-year lists from Time, NPR, Vanity Fair, BuzzFeed, and many more. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Tin House, One Story, Bon Appétit, GQ, The Awl, and Catapult. He lives in Houston.

Subject: Gay couples > Fiction.
Japanese Americans > Fiction.
Fathers and sons > Fiction.
Mothers-in-law > Fiction.
Houston (Tex.) > Fiction.
Osaka (Japan) > Fiction.
Genre: Humorous fiction
Romance fiction
Love stories.
Humorous fiction.
Romance fiction.
Humorous fiction.

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