My Brother's Husband

My Brother's Husband

Volume 1

Book - 2017 | First American edition.
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Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101871515
1101871512
Branch Call Number: TAGAM
Characteristics: 352 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: Otouto no Otto. English

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samcmar Sep 20, 2017

This made me cry. It's a beautiful discussion of homosexuality and homophobia in Japan. It's a beautiful story of estranged brothers-in-law learning to connect over their loss and how grief can transform relationships. I really can't wait to read more, but this was perfect.

KateHillier Aug 18, 2017

This was lovely. There's a lot going on in this volume, and there's more to come I'm happy to see, and a lot of emotion is covered here. There's sadness, there's happiness, there's humour, there's culture differences, discrimination, all whole whack of things. Exactly as you'd expect from a story about a modern Japanese man who is visited by the Canadian husband of his estranged and recently deceased brother. Yaichi and Mike have a lot to learn from each other and a lot of the understanding is fostered through the open and enthusiastic acceptance and inquisitiveness from Yaichi's daughter, Kana.

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Kyanite
Aug 10, 2017

Enough depth for adult readers, but PG enough for children. A beautifully-done book.

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Quirkly
Aug 07, 2017

The dialogue is easy, and I learned a new way to read no dialogue animation/feelings. It took me till about 1/3 of the book to get it so don't give up. I immediately re-read and returned it the next day asking for the next volume in the story. We have to wait.

PimaLib_ScottM May 13, 2017

A sweet heart warming tale of child innocence and acceptance and adults learning to understand and discard fear and judgments

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Aug 10, 2017

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PimaLib_ScottM May 13, 2017

PimaLib_ScottM thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

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