My Brother's Husband

My Brother's Husband

Volume 1

Graphic Novel - 2017-
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"From one of Japan's most notable manga artists: a heartbreaking and redemptive tale of mourning and acceptance that compares and contrasts the contemporary nature of gay tolerance in the East and the West. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon, 2017-
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781101871515
Branch Call Number: GN F MYB v.1
Characteristics: volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Ishii, Anne - Translator
Alternative Title (Original Script): 弟の夫


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Oct 12, 2018

Beautiful and powerful in conveying the subject of same-sex relationships in Japanese culture. Can't wait for volume two!

OatmealThunder Oct 01, 2018

I've never read a manga before and so glad I started with this one! Sweet and touching, and the personal growth of the main character - as well as his struggle over the loss of his estranged brother - was beautifully done.

Jul 02, 2018

this graphic novel was the basis for a mini series on Japanese TV. it is a straightforward and well-done portrayal of otherness in a homogenous society as seen through the eyes of a child.

Jan 27, 2018

This is a page turner! "My Brother's Husband" is a light-hearted slice-of-life story with a delicate mix of tragedy that examines the state of social acceptance and equality in modern Japan. The artwork is beautiful and moving.

Cheryl_JHL Jan 24, 2018

Great story - very touching. I loved the main character's reflection on his biases and his struggles to understand, as well as his daughter's uninhibited acceptance and excitement to find her uncle had a husband.

Dec 28, 2017

The best graphic novel I've read in 2017.
The art style is nicely utilized to lighten up or instill a sense of gravitas to a scene.
What the title lacks in a solid story arch makes up in the subtle moments experienced between characters.
Touches on queer, Japanese culture, cultural differences, and loss of a loved one issues.

Cynthia_N Dec 20, 2017

Wonderful!! Just wonderful!

KHCPL_Doug Dec 11, 2017

I loved just about everything about this book. It's written by a gay author/illustrator, yet the perspective is mostly from the straight and reserved Yaichi. He's Japanese, a single dad, and seemingly very lonely but complacent. When his brother-in-law, a Canadian no less, shows up and makes him look inward to become more aware of his late brother's life. One of the highlights of the book was Kana, the young daughter. She is the most sincere and the most honest character in the book, and feels like a real young person. I loved her interactions with both her father and the people around her. And of course, her innocent observations and comments spur the insight that Yaichi has tried to avoid, but not is confronted with because of this large, lumbering foreigner. There are times when the book isn't very subtle, and it's clear that the creator is trying to bring awareness while also giving some glimpses of Japanese culture that seem outdated compared to Western culture. But I found those moments to be easily overlooked and accepted. My only real complaint, and maybe it's intentional, is that the facial expression for both Yaichi and Mike are so static, Yaichi with a deer in headlights look, and Mike with the look of a happy oaf. Always. That got on my nerves. And when I turned the last page, and realized the story doesn't end, I was really upset. Until I looked at the spine, and see this is volume 1! There's much more to explore here, so I'm really looking forward to following volumes.

BostonPL_JordanD Dec 07, 2017

Definitely all ages friendly, this is a sweet story of a single father trying to understand his late brother while getting to know the husband he never knew his brother had and struggling with his ingrained homophobia. Well worth reading, and a great reminder that people are just people and love is love.

forbesrachel Nov 29, 2017

When the kindly, yet slightly conservative, Yaichi welcomes the affable Mike into his home, he has no idea what to expect. Mike on the other hand has come to Japan to see his late husband’s childhood home, meet his distant relations, and fulfill an as of yet unspoken promise. Kana, Yaichi’s daughter, adores this new uncle on first sight. Together, the three go about their everyday lives. Through Yaichi’s thoughts, Kana’s perception, and Mike’s stories we learn about the small things that heterosexual people unconsciously think or do that influences their perception and relationships with LGBTQ individuals. For Yaichi, who grew up in Japan, intimacy can be difficult to talk about and gay marriage is still not legal. However, because he yearns to learn about his brother, he really considers the things that Kana and Mike say, and is able to grow. My Brother’s Husband doesn’t dwell on the negative, it instead paints a picture of hope; that through awareness and bonds, more people will see LGBTQ persons as people who love and live like anyone else. What makes this story so accessible to a broad audience though is that Tagame broaches it through the central question of “what is family?”. Women marry women, men marry men, and even Kana, who was born from a male and female relationship, doesn’t have the “traditional” family dynamic, because her parents are separated. The artwork is equally accessible to a western audience, forgoing the flashy designs, panel layouts, and even sound effects for a much cleaner look. Screentones are expertly used to deliver a quietly emotional tone, and the pacing is steadfast. Unlike most published books featuring LGBTQ individuals, this one is not about discovering love or coming to accept one’s identity. Mike was married to Ryoji. His grief over the death of someone he loved very much naturally speaks to our hearts, and the healing effect of the new family he is forging gives us a good feeling. Stories depicting LGBTQ persons in other times and aspects of their lives are sorely needed, so for both the concept and execution, Tagame is worthy of the highest praise.

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