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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The_Zookeeper
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.

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EddyQubit
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.

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midori_hon
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.

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PoeticallyA
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.

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Citizen92116
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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