7 January 2020
Is being together the same as being in love?
Benson and Mike are two young guys who have been together for a few years – good years – but now they’re not sure why they’re still a couple. There’s the sex, sure, and the meals Mike cooks for Benson, and, well, they love each other. But when Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he undergoes an extraordinary transformation, discovering the truth about his family and his past, while back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together as unconventional roommates, an absurd domestic situation that ends up meaning more to each of them than they ever could have predicted…
Funny and profound, Memorial is about family in all its strange forms, becoming who you’re supposed to be and the outer limits of love.
- The stellar debut novel of two young men falling in and out of love, from the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2020.
- Lot, Washington’s collection of short stories, was critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic and was a 2019 notable book in the New York Times Book Review and was selected in the top-ten books of the year by the New York Times.
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