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My Brother’s Husband (#1)

By: Gengoroh Tagame
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12, College Plus

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. — FromĀ Hachette UK

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