A Novel

Book - 2020
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"A rom-com novel about two young people at a crossroads in their relationship"--
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
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2020
ISBN: 9780593087275
Branch Call Number: FIC WASHINGTON 2020
Characteristics: 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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"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.... Read More »

Benson and Mike, a mixed-race couple in Houston, search for the truth about themselves, each other, and their families.

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