***WINNER OF THE 2018 EISNER AWARD FOR BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL — ASIA***
Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki and father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change 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 and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.
(Please note: This book is a traditional work of manga, and reads back to front and right to left.)
My Brother’s Husband
This book is so incredible! It addresses so many issues that gay people often face. Can wait to read the next volume! And Mike is super amazing!
The story is very sweet. It may be just a bit soft-pedaled, but on the whole a delightful insight to another culture.
Master storyteller, Gengoroh Tagame
For those of us that read his more...sultry works, it’s always been apparent that GT knows how to craft a story. Here, he impresses w/ a sensitive domestic comedy of modern relationships and the gradually shifting attitudes towards homosexuality in rural Japan. A great read for all.