Harmless Like You


Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

First Sentence:     The small, female oblong stood in the shadows beyond the doorway.

Back of the book:

Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Harmless Like You is set across New York, Berlin and Connecticut, following the stories of 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 his mother who abandoned him when he was only two years old.

Quotes from the book:

‘On the table where a bouquet might go, a glass jar held a quiver of craft knives. The furniture was paint-spotted. A radiator thumped.’

She had no friends — she didn’t need to hide her wounds. But each time her eye caught the marks, an inky ribbon of loss unspooled in her throat. She covered the bruises with bangles.

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