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Harmless Like You: A Novel
by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Published: 2017-02-28
Hardcover : 320 pages
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“This brilliant debut novel by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is cause for celebration.”?Lorrie Moore

Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Harmless Like You is set across New York, Connecticut, and Berlin, following Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and Yuki’s ...

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“This brilliant debut novel by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is cause for celebration.”?Lorrie Moore

Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Harmless Like You is set across New York, Connecticut, and Berlin, following Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and Yuki’s son Jay who, as an adult in the present day, is forced to confront his mother’s abandonment of him when he was only two years old.

The novel opens when Yuki is sixteen and her father is posted back to Japan. Though she and her family have been living as outsiders in New York City, Yuki opts to stay, intoxicated by her friendship with the beautiful aspiring model Odile, the energy of the city, and her desire to become an artist. But when she becomes involved with an older man and the relationship turns destructive, Yuki’s life is unmoored. Harmless Like You is a suspenseful novel about the complexities of identity, art, adolescent friendships, and familial bonds that asks?and ultimately answers?how does a mother desert her son?

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by [email protected] (see profile) 01/25/19

Great read despite the violence and frustration. You learn a bit about art too.

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