Harmless Like You

Harmless Like You

Book - 2016
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Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Harmless like you is set across New York, Berlin and Connecticut, following the stories of Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and Yuki's son Jay who, as an adult in the present day, is forced to confront his mother who abandoned him when he was only two years old. Harmless like you is an unforgettable novel about the complexities of identity, art, adolescent friendships and familial bonds, offering a unique exploration of love, loneliness and reconciliation.
Publisher: London : Sceptre, 2016.
ISBN: 9781473638334
Branch Call Number: BUCHA
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 22 cm


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JCLCherylMY May 02, 2017

This was a difficult novel for me because I never warmed to the two main characters, Yuki, the mother, and Jay, her son. I did like how the novel switched between the past and present, from Yuki's youth and choices, to Jay's present. Peppered with youth's folly, this novel begs the question: how does a mother leave her son? And answers: can a son forgive the abandonment? I plan to revisit the novel, maybe in audio form. Perhaps this will give me a better perspective in which to relate or draw a thread. Voices evoke empathy and can, sometimes, awaken locked memories. I will report back.


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