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Author: Bryan Washington Narrator: Bryan Washington, Akie Kotabe Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: October 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593288771

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NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, O, the Oprah Magazine, Esquire, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Refinery29, Real Simple, Kirkus Reviews, Electric Literature, and Lit Hub “A masterpiece. —NPR “No other novel this year captures so gracefully the full palette of America.The Washington Post “Wryly funny, gently devastating.” —Entertainment Weekly A funny and profound story about family in all its strange forms, joyful and hard-won vulnerability, becoming who you're supposed to be, and the limits of love.   Benson and Mike are two young guys who live together in Houston. Mike is a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant and Benson's a Black day care teacher, and they've been together for a few years—good 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. But when Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Texas for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he undergoes an extraordinary transformation, discovering the truth about his family and his past. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together as unconventional roommates, an absurd domestic situation that ends up meaning more to each of them than they ever could have predicted. Without Mike's immediate pull, Benson begins to push outwards, realizing he might just know what he wants out of life and have the goods to get it. Both men will change in ways that will either make them stronger together, or fracture everything they've ever known. And just maybe they'll all be okay in the end.

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  • “Wryly funny, gently devastating.”

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • “A wonderful unconventional rom-com.”

    - O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “No other novel this year captures so gracefully the full palette of America.”

    - Washington Post
  • “A fresh, vibrant love story that interweaves race, queerness, nationality, family, and intimacy with narrative ease.”

    - Vogue
  • “The voices of Washington’s characters are uniquely vibrant, so it’ll be wonderful to hear the author and Akie Kotabe bring them to life.”

    - Booklist (audio review)


  • A Booklist Pick of Fall's Most Anticipated Audiobooks
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2020
  • New York Times Notable Book of the Year
  • Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year
  • Time Magazine Best Book of 2020
  • Washington Post Best Book of the Year
  • Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • Good Housekeeping Best Book of 2020
  • Harper’s Bazaar Pick of the Year
  • Real Simple Pick of 2020's Best Books
  • Nominated for the Reading the West Book Award

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About the Author

Bryan Washington, author of the acclaimed short-story collection Lot, has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, the Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, One Story, GQ, FADER, The Awl, and Catapult.