Thorndike Press


  • Bryan Washington
  • ISBN-10: 143288512X
  • ISBN-13: 9781432885120
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.30 lbs ( .59 kgs)
  • 448 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released February 2021

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A National Bestseller
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Mike is a Japanese American chef and 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. When Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives for a visit, Mike flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he undergoes an extraordinary transformation. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together and Benson begins to realize what he wants out of life. Both men will change in ways that will either make them stronger together, or fracture everything they’ve ever known.


Customer Reviews

“Tender, funny, and heartbreaking, this tale of family, food . . . and growing apart feels intimate and expansive at the same time.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

““Vividly written . . . Washington’s novel is richly layered and thrives in the quiet moments between lovers and family members. . . . There is passion in this novel - fight scenes, sex scenes, screaming matches, and tears - but it reaches a deep poetic realism when Washington explores the space between characters . . . A subtle and moving exploration of love, family, race, and the long, frustrating search for home.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“This is a love story, writ large, that sings. . . . Washington writes about race, class, family, love, and the idea of home with evocative nuance and phenomenal dialogue.”

— Booklist (starred)