Harmless Like You is an unforgettable novel about the complexities of identity, art, adolescent friendships, and familial bonds. Set in New York, Berlin, and Connecticut, it follows 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 the mother who abandoned him when he was only two years old. “This brilliant debut novel by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a cause for celebration,” says Lorrie Moore. Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a Japanese-British-Chinese-American writer. She has a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently working on a PhD at the University of East Anglia. She was the 2015 Margin Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Harmless Like You was published in the UK by Scepter to wide critical acclaim. She will be joined by Gina Apostol, whose third novel, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Philippine National Book Award. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts.

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 28th, 2017