My Brother's Husband

My Brother's Husband

Volume 1

Book - 2017
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"From one of Japan's most notable manga artists: a heartbreaking and redemptive tale of mourning and acceptance that compares and contrasts the contemporary nature of gay tolerance in the East and the West. Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo, married to wife Natsuki, father to young daughter Kana. Their lives are suddenly upended with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented, revelatory look at and journey into the largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation has the chance to change the preconceptions of and prejudices against it"--
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon,, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781101871515
Branch Call Number: GN FIC Tagam
Characteristics: 352 pages :,chiefly illustrations ;,19 cm
Additional Contributors: Ishii, Anne
Tagame, Gengoroh 1964-


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Mar 31, 2019

I really liked this manga. The art is amazing and I can't wait to get the next volume to see what happens to these wonderful characters.

KHCPL_Doug Feb 08, 2019

I really liked volume 1. I thought it was insightful and fun. It also was a good glimplse into the views of another culture when it comes to homosexuality. But this volume, which picks up where volume 1 leaves off, was very lackluster. There wasn't as much of a plot, and in general very little conflict. Instead, it felt like the author didn't want to let go (and I don't blame him) but in the end, really had nothing more to say on this story. It's mostly worth reading, just don't expect anything to really happen.

Nov 27, 2018

Emotional and heartbreaking, but with a hopeful domestic vibe.

VaughanPLAlison Nov 06, 2018

A simple yet compelling story of worlds colliding and old world prejudices meeting the modern age and of family dynamics and culture shocks. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read more.

Beautiful and powerful in conveying the subject of same-sex relationships in Japanese culture. Can't wait for volume two!

OatmealThunder Oct 01, 2018

I've never read a manga before and so glad I started with this one! Sweet and touching, and the personal growth of the main character - as well as his struggle over the loss of his estranged brother - was beautifully done.

Jul 02, 2018

this graphic novel was the basis for a mini series on Japanese TV. it is a straightforward and well-done portrayal of otherness in a homogenous society as seen through the eyes of a child.

Jan 27, 2018

This is a page turner! "My Brother's Husband" is a light-hearted slice-of-life story with a delicate mix of tragedy that examines the state of social acceptance and equality in modern Japan. The artwork is beautiful and moving.

Cheryl_in_IT Jan 24, 2018

Great story - very touching. I loved the main character's reflection on his biases and his struggles to understand, as well as his daughter's uninhibited acceptance and excitement to find her uncle had a husband.

Dec 28, 2017

The best graphic novel I've read in 2017.
The art style is nicely utilized to lighten up or instill a sense of gravitas to a scene.
What the title lacks in a solid story arch makes up in the subtle moments experienced between characters.
Touches on queer, Japanese culture, cultural differences, and loss of a loved one issues.

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