Memorial

Memorial

Book - 2020
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"A rom-com novel about two young people at a crossroads in their relationship."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2020
ISBN: 9780593087275
Branch Call Number: WAS
Characteristics: 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Jandsusan
Nov 20, 2020

I know this is a free country and we all enjoy freedom of speech. Books are one of the most important things in my life and I would never encourage censorship or book burning. Except in this case. This book should not be available to younger impressionable minds and should not be read by anyone with any type of family or spiritual values. I checked this book out because the premise sounded very interesting to me. I made it through two chapters before I closed it and returned it. This book is vulgar, crass, and totally unnecessary in today's world.

LPL_DirectorBrad Nov 16, 2020

This book is sneaky in its goodness. As more skilled reviewers than me have noted, Memorial is superb in its observation and descriptions of the mundanity of life and our interpersonal relationships as humans. I was enjoying the book pretty well in the first half, and the change of perspective from one main character to the next brought the book to another level for me, a reminder that there are AT LEAST two sides to every story, every interaction. In addition to his well drawn characters, Bryan Washington brings Houston (and Osaka, Japan) to life in a fantastic debut novel. Highly recommended!

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booknrrd
Oct 22, 2020

I listened to an advanced copy of this novel, and I loved it. It's a very human, character-driven story about two men possibly on the verge of ending their relationship when one decides to travel to Japan to see his estranged, dying father just as his mother arrives from Japan, leaving his Black boyfriend staying in their apartment with the mother.

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sjanke2
Oct 03, 2020

RIYL Real Life, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Japan, dysfunctional relationships.

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gfarinas
Nov 23, 2020

Sexual Content: References to gay sex and intimacy

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