Memorial - Bryan Washington

Memorial

By: Bryan Washington

Paperback | 19 October 2021

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The stellar debut novel of two young men falling in and out of love, from the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2020.

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.

About the Author

Bryan Washington has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, One Story, GQ, FADER, The Awl, and Catapult. He lives in Houston, Texas.
Industry Reviews
'A tender, wistful, often profound story about a deteriorating romance between two twenty something men... Lo-fi and intimate' - Sunday Times

'Funny and moving... Memorial confirms Washington as a writer not just to watch, but to read now' - The Times

'A masterclass in empathy... Washington transforms revelations into cliff-hangers, like Elena Ferrante. He writes layered sex scenes, like Garth Greenwell' - Guardian

'A tender and moving story about the ties that bind us to those we love, sometimes against our better judgment or our strongest will ' - The Telegraph

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