From the writer of the acclaimed debut "Lot" comes a funny and profound story about family in all its strange forms, joyful and hard-won vulnerability.
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.
320 pages. Hardcover.
About the Author
Bryan Washington is a National Book Award 5 Under 35 honoree and has won countless prizes, inlcuding Dylan Thomas Prize and the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for his debut collection "Lot". He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and GQ, among other publications. He lives in Houston.