Memorial by Bryan Washington audiobook

Memorial: A Novel

By Bryan Washington

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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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Summary

Summary

Time Magazine Best Book of 2020

New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Washington Post Best Book of the Year

Oprah Magazine Top 10 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

A BookPage Best Book of 2020

A Booklist Pick of Fall's Most Anticipated Audiobooks

Nominated for the Reading the West Book Award

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fresh, vibrant love story that interweaves race, queerness, nationality, family, and intimacy with narrative ease.” Vogue
“A wonderful unconventional rom-com.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“No other novel this year captures so gracefully the full palette of America.” Washington Post
“Wryly funny, gently devastating.” Entertainment Weekly
“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)

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Bryan Washington

Author Bio: Bryan Washington

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.34
Audience: Adult
Language: English