Harmless Like You

Harmless Like You

by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

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Overview

“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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324000747
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a British-Japanese-Chinese-American novelist. She received a BA from Columbia University and currently resides in the UK. Harmless Like You won an Authors' Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award. It was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a 2017 NPR Great Read.

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